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ENFORCEMENT DECREE OF THE PATENT ACT

Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 13078, Aug. 28, 1990

Amended by Presidential Decree No. 13744, Oct. 27, 1992

Presidential Decree No. 13870, Mar. 6, 1993

Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993

Presidential Decree No. 15009, jun. 3, 1996

Presidential Decree No. 15408, jun. 26, 1997

Presidential Decree No. 16417, jun. 30, 1999

Presidential Decree No. 16725, Feb. 28, 2000

Presidential Decree No. 16852, jun. 23, 2000

Presidential Decree No. 17246, jun. 27, 2001

Presidential Decree No. 17995, jun. 13, 2003

Presidential Decree No. 18312, Mar. 17, 2004

Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005

Presidential Decree No. 19513, jun. 12, 2006

Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006

Presidential Decree No. 20127, jun. 28, 2007

Presidential Decree No. 20137, jun. 29, 2007

Presidential Decree No. 20729, Feb. 29, 2008

Presidential Decree No. 21053, Sep. 30, 2008

Presidential Decree No. 21567, jun. 26, 2009

Presidential Decree No. 21917, Dec. 30, 2009

Presidential Decree No. 23341, Dec. 2, 2011

Presidential Decree No. 24439, Mar. 23, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 24491, Apr. 3, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 24645, jun. 28, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 24852, Nov. 20, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014

Presidential Decree No. 26494, Aug. 19, 2015

Presidential Decree No. 28066, May 29, 2017

CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS AND PATENT APPLICATION
 Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of this Decree is to provide for matters delegated by the Patent Act and those necessary for its enforcement. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 17246, Jun. 27, 2001]
 Article 1-2 Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 24645, Jun. 28, 2013>
 Article 2 (Deposit of Micro-Organisms)
(1) A person who wishes to file a patent application for an invention related to a micro-organism shall deposit the micro-organism with either of the following authorities, prior to filing the patent application, in the manner prescribed and publicly notified by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office: Provided, That a micro-organism need not be deposited, if any person who has ordinary knowledge in the field of technology to which the invention belongs can easily obtain such micro-organism: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 28066, May 29, 2017>
1. An authority registered under Article 58 (2) of the Patent Act (hereinafter referred to as the "Act") as an agency specializing in the storage and distribution of deposited micro-organisms (hereinafter referred to as "domestic depository authority");
2. An authority that has acquired the status as an international depository authority under Article 7 of the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure (hereinafter referred to as "international depository authority").
(2) A person who has deposited a micro-organism in accordance with paragraph (1) shall state the fact in the patent application in the manner prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and shall attach the document evidencing the deposit of the micro-organism (referring to a copy of the latest receipt issued under Rule 7 of the Regulations under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, if the micro-organism has been deposited in an international depository authority). <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(3) When a new deposit number is given with respect to a micro-organism deposited under paragraph (1) after a patent application is filed, the patent applicant or patentee shall report the fact to the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office without delay. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993>
 Article 3 (Matters to be Entered in Patent Specifications of Invention related to Micro-Organism)
A person who intends to file a patent application for an invention related to a micro-organism shall enter the deposit number given by a domestic or international depository authority in the specification defined in Article 42 (2) of the Act (referring to the specification initially attached to the patent application), if the person has deposited the micro-organism in accordance with the main sentence of Article 2 (1), or the method by which the person has acquired the micro-organism, if he/she has not deposited such micro-organism in accordance with the proviso to Article 2 (1). <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24645, Jun. 28, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21567, Jun. 26, 2009]
 Article 4 (Distribution of Micro-Organisms)
(1) In any of the following cases, a person who intends to practice an invention related to a micro-organism deposited under Article 2 for the purpose of testing or research may have such micro-organism distributed by a domestic or international depository authority, as prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 15408, Jun. 26, 1997; Presidential Decree No. 17995, Jun. 13, 2003; Presidential Decree No. 20127, Jun. 28, 2007; Presidential Decree No. 21567, Jun. 26, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
1. Where a patent application for the invention related to the micro-organism has been published or the grant of a patent for such invention has been registered;
2. Where the micro-organism is necessary for making a written opinion under Article 63 (1) of the Act (including cases to which the provisions shall apply mutatis mutandis pursuant to Article 170 (2) of the Act).
(2) A person who requested a domestic or international depository authority to distribute a micro-organism and has been authorized by the person who deposited the micro-organism under Article 2 to have the micro-organism distributed may receive the distributed micro-organism. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(3) A person who receives a micro-organism distributed under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not allow another person to use the micro-organism. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
 Article 5 (Methods of Describing Patent Claims)
(1) When claims within the scope of claims under Article 42 (8) of the Act (hereinafter referred to as "claims") are stated, such claims shall be stated in the form of independent claims (hereinafter referred to as "independent claims"), but dependent claims may be added to limit or additionally specify such independent claims (hereinafter referred to as "dependent claims"). If it is necessary in such cases, other dependent claims may be added to limit or additionally specify such dependent claims. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 20127, Jun. 28, 2007; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(2) The number of claims shall be reasonable to the nature of the relevant invention. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 17995, Jun. 13, 2003>
(3) Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 16417, Jun. 30, 1999>
(4) A claim that quotes another claim shall state the number of the quoted claim. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24645, Jun. 28, 2013>
(5) A claim that quotes not less than two claims shall mention alternatively the numbers of the quoted claims. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 17995, Jun. 13, 2003>
(6) In a claim that quotes not less than two claims, the quoted claim shall not re-quote two or more other claims. The same shall apply where in a claim that quotes two or more claims, the quoted claim quotes one claim, resulting in re-quoting two or more claims after quoting one claim. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
(7) The quoted claim shall be entered ahead of the claim quoting the claim. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 17995, Jun. 13, 2003>
(8) Each claim shall be entered on a new line, and serial numbers in the Arabic figure shall be given in the order of the entries.
 Article 6 (Requirements for Single Patent Application for Group of Inventions)
A single patent application for a group of inventions as prescribed in the proviso to Article 45 (1) of the Act shall meet the following requirements:
1. The inventions described in the application shall be technologically correlated;
2. The inventions described in the application shall have the same or corresponding technological features. In such case, the technological features shall be those improved than the prior technology in light of the invention at large.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 17995, Jun. 13, 2003]
 Article 7 (Invention Subject to Application for Registration of Extension of Term of Patent Right by Permit, etc.)
"Invention prescribed by Presidential Decree" in Article 89 (1) of the Act means any of the following inventions: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 15009, Jun. 3, 1996; Presidential Decree No. 16852, Jun. 23, 2000; Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005; Presidential Decree No. 20127, Jun. 28, 2007; Presidential Decree No. 21053, Sep. 30, 2008; Presidential Decree No. 23341, Dec. 2, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24491, Apr. 3, 2013>
1. Invention of a medicine for which a permit by item has been granted pursuant to Article 31 (2), (3) or 42 (1) of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act to practice a patented invention [limited to a medicine for which a permit by item has been granted first, among medicines manufactured with a new substance (referring to a substance whose chemical structure in the activated part having medicinal effects is new; the same shall apply hereafter in this Article) as an effective ingredient];
2. Invention of an agricultural chemical or raw material registered pursuant to Article 8 (1), 16 (1), or 17 (1) of the Pesticide Control Act to practice a patented invention (limited to an agricultural chemical or raw material registered first, among agricultural chemicals and raw materials manufactured with a new substance as an effective ingredient).
 Article 7-2 (Period Delayed Due to Applicants)
(1) "The period delayed due to an applicant" in Article 92-2 (3) of the Act means any of the following periods: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24439, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26494, Aug. 19, 2015>
1. Any of the following periods in relation to ongoing procedures concerning a patent in the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board:
(a) Where the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the presiding administrative patent judge orders an agent to follow procedures concerning a patent or orders the replacement of an agent under Article 10 of the Act, the period from the date when such order is given until the date when an agent is appointed or replaced;
(b) Where the period of request for trial or a period for a patent-related procedures, upon request from applicants, is extended pursuant to Article 15 (1) or (2) of the Act, the extended period (when the period for a patent-related procedures is reduced, upon request from applicants under Article 15 (2) of the Act, after such period is extended, the period reduced shall be excluded);
(c) Where a date for initiating patent-related procedures under Article 15 (3) of the Act is fixed and then such date is delayed, upon request from applicants, the period from the day after the fixed date until the changed one;
(d) Where procedures concerning a patent are supplemented later after a cause not imputable to a person who initiated a patent-related procedure ceases to exist under the main sentence of Article 17 of the Act, the period from the date when such cause ceases to exist until the date when such procedures are supplemented;
(e) Where procedures concerning a patent are suspended or stopped pursuant to Articles 20, 23 (2), 78 (1) or 164 (1) of the Act, the period during which such procedures concerning a patent are suspended or stopped;
(f) Where the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office orders applicants to report the results of the consultation within a designated period pursuant to Article 36 (6) of the Act, such period (when a period is reduced, upon request from applicants, pursuant to Article 15 (2) of the Act, the reduced period shall be excluded);
(g) Where a specification is amended so as to state the claims within the period specified in the proviso to Article 42-2 (2) of the Act, the period from the date when the intent to request the examination of the relevant application is notified until the date when such specification is amended;
(h) Where the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the President of the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board or the presiding administrative patent judge orders amendment, fixing a period, pursuant to Articles 46, 141 (1) or 203 (2) of the Act, such period (when a period is reduced, upon request from applicants, pursuant to Article 15 (2) of the Act, the reduced period shall be excluded);
(i) Where a claim for a priority right is withdrawn or deemed withdrawn pursuant to Article 56 of the Act, with respect to an earlier application which has become the basis of a claim for a priority right under Article 55 (1) of the Act, the period from the date when a claim for a priority right concerning the relevant earlier application is made until the date when such claim for priority right is withdrawn or deemed withdrawn;
(j) Where the determination of an expedited examination pursuant to Article 10 of the Act is delayed due to an applicant, with respect to an expedited examination under Article 61 of the Act, the delayed period;
(k) Where an examiner (referring to an examiner under Article 143 of the Act, when the provisions of Article 63 of the Act are applied mutatis mutandis pursuant to Article 170 of the Act; hereinafter the same shall apply in this item) notifies an applicant of the grounds for rejection of a patent application and provides the applicant an opportunity to present his/her written opinions within a fixed period pursuant to the main sentence of Article 63 (1) of the Act: Provided, That this shall not apply to cases where an examiner notifies an applicant of grounds for rejection and renders a decision to grant a patent (including cases where the provisions of Article 66 of the Act are applied mutatis mutandis under Article 170 of the Act and a decision is made to grant a patent) pursuant to Article 66 of the Act without making amendment to drawings or specifications concerning notification of grounds for rejection, the period (when the period for submission of written opinions is reduced, upon request from applicants pursuant to Article 15 (2) of the Act, the reduced period shall be excluded);
(l) Where an applicant pays patent fees (including cases where he/she pays additional patent fees under Article 81 (1) of the Act, the remaining portion of the patent fees under Article 81-2 (2) of the Act, or the patent fees or the remaining portion thereof under Article 81-3 (1) of the Act) pursuant to Article 79 (1) of the Act or is exempt from patent fees by submitting documents prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy to the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office pursuant to Article 83 (3) of the Act after he/she receives a certified copy of a decision on a patent application under Article 67 (2) of the Act, the period from the date when he/she receives such copy until the date when the establishment of a patent right is registered pursuant to Article 87 of the Act;
(m) Where a re-examination is requested under the main sentence of Article 67-2 (1) of the Act, the period from the date when a certified copy on rejection of a patent application under Article 67 (2) of the Act is delivered until the date when a re-examination is requested;
(n) Where an examination or a reexamination of the relevant application is requested after a cause not imputable to the patent applicant ceases to exist pursuant to Article 67-3 (1) of the Act, the period from the date when such cause ceases to exist until the date when the examination or reexamination is requested;
(o) Where a request for exclusion or challenge under Article 149 or 150 of the Act is not accepted in accordance with a decision made pursuant to Article 152 (1) of the Act, the period during which trial proceedings are suspended under the main sentence of Article 153 of the Act;
(p) Where it is deemed that the examination or preservation of evidence is unnecessary, upon request from applicants for such examination or preservation pursuant to Article 157 of the Act, the period from the date when such request is made until the date when it is deemed that such examination or preservation is unnecessary.
(q) Where an examination is resumed, upon request from applicants, after notification of the closure of the trial examination pursuant to Article 162 (4) of the Act, the period from the date when such examination is resumed until the date when the closure of the trial examination is notified again pursuant to Article 162 (3) of the Act;
(r) Where any one requests a retrial under Article 178 of the Act after he/she becomes aware of grounds for retrial, the period from the date when he/she becomes aware of such grounds until the date when a retrial is requested;
(s) Where the presiding administrative patent judge determines an additional period pursuant to Article 186 (5) of the Act, the relevant period;
(t) Where service of documents or service by public announcement under Article 218 or 219 of the Act is delayed due to an applicant (including cases where such service is delayed because a person to be served changes his/her place to be served under Article 18 (10) and fails to report it to the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office), the period during which such service is delayed;
2. Any of the following periods in litigation procedures concerning a trial decision, ruling or judgment under Article 186 (1) or (8):
(a) Where litigation procedures are suspended pursuant to Article 78 (2) or 164 (2) of the Act, the period during which the procedures are suspended;
(b) Where a request for exclusion or challenge concerning a judge (including a technical examiner applied mutatis mutanis under Article 188-2 (1) of the Act and a court clerical official of Grade V applied mutatis mutanis under Article 50 of the Civil Procedure Act) under Articles 41 through 43 of the Civil Procedure Act is not accepted in accordance with a decision under Article 45 or 46 of the Civil Procedure Act, the period from the date when such request for exclusion or challenge is made until the date when a decision to reject such request is made or the period during which litigation procedures are suspended under the main sentence of Article 48 of the Civil Procedure Act;
(c) Where the court or the presiding judge orders correction, fixing a period, pursuant to Article 59 or 254 (1) of the Civil Procedure Act, the relevant period;
(d) Where a special representative is appointed pursuant to Article 62 of the Civil Procedure Act, the period from the date when such appointment is requested until the date when a special representative is appointed;
(e) Where a pleading is resumed under Article 142 of the Civil Procedure Act due to an applicant, the period from the date when the resumption of a pleading is ordered until the date when the relevant pleading is completed;
(f) Where the court prohibits an applicant or agent from making a statement and sets a new date for continuing pleadings under Article 144 (1) of the Civil Procedure Act, the period from the date when such applicant, etc. is prohibited from making a statement until the new date;
(g) Where the court orders the appointment of a lawyer pursuant to Article 144 (2) of the Civil Procedure Act, the period from the date when such order is given until the date when a layer is appointed;
(h) Where a date designated by the presiding judge pursuant to Article 165 (1) of the Civil Procedure Act is delayed due to remark able grounds, such as the request of an applicant, the period from the day after a designated date until the changed date;
(i) Where the court extends a statutory period or a period fixed by the court, upon request from an applicant, under Article 172 of the Civil Procedure Act or fixes an additional period, with regard to the invariable period, such extended period or additional period;
(j) Where any cause not attributable to a party is extinguished and procedural acts are subsequently completed under Article 173 of the Civil Procedure Act, the period from the date when such cause is extinguished until the date when procedural acts are subsequently completed;
(k) Where the delivery of documents or service by public notice under Article 178, 186 through 188, or 194 of the Civil Procedure Act is delayed due to an applicant, the period during which such delivery is delayed;
(l) Where litigation procedures are suspended pursuant to Articles 233 through 237, 239, 240, or 246 of the Civil Procedure Act, the period during which litigation procedures are suspended;
(m) Where an applicant has failed to appear on the date for pleading, or failed to plead even if he/she has appeared and the presiding judge fixes another date for pleading pursuant to Article 268 (1) of the Civil Procedure Act, the period from the day after the date for pleading until the newly fixed date;
(n) Where evidence is deemed unnecessary, with respect to an application for the examination of evidence pursuant to Article 289 of the Civil Procedure Act, the period from the date when such application is filed until the date when evidence is deemed unnecessary;
(o) Where a petition for a retrial under Article 451 of the Civil Procedure Act is filed after the relevant party becomes aware of grounds for a retrial, the period from the date when he/she becomes aware of such grounds until a petition for a retrial is filed;
3. Any of the following periods in procedures for administrative appeal or administrative litigation concerning objection to a ruling under Article 224-2 (2) of the Act:
(a) Where a request for exclusion or challenge under Article 10 of the Administrative Appeals Act is rejected or dismissed in accordance with a decision under Article 12 of the Enforcement Decree of the same Act, the period during which administrative procedures are suspended pursuant to Article 13 of the same Decree;
(b) Where an administrative appeal is filed after force majeure, such as natural disasters, wars or incidents, is extinguished under Article 27 (2) of the Administrative Appeals Act, the period from the date when such grounds are extinguished until the date when an administrative appeal is filed;
(c) Where the Central Administrative Appeals Commission (hereinafter referred to as the "Commission") requests correction by fixing a period under the main sentence of Article 32 (1) of the Administrative Appeals Act, the relevant period;
(d) Where the Commission fixes a deadline for written supplement pursuant to Article 33 (2) of the Administrative Appeals Act, the period from the date when such deadline is fixed until the date when a written supplement is submitted;
(e) Where a date for deliberation designated by the Commission under Article 38 of the Administrative Appeals Act is delayed, upon request from applicants, the period from the day following the designated date for deliberation until the changed date for deliberation;
(f) Where the provisions of the Civil Procedure Act concerning delivery are applied mutatis mutandis under Article 57 of the Administrative Appeals Act, the period falling under subparagraph 2 (k);
(g) Where the provisions of the Civil Procedure Act are applied mutatis mutandis under Article 8 (2) of the Administrative Appeals Act, the period falling under any of the items of subparagraph 2;
4. The period prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, which is delayed due to an applicant in relation to the procedures concerning a patent pending before the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board, litigation procedures concerning a trial decision, ruling or judgment under Article 186 (1) or (8) of the Act or procedures for administrative appeal or administrative litigation concerning objection to a ruling under Article 224-2 (2) of the Act.
(2) Where there exists an objective ground which is not attributable to an applicant, among grounds for delaying registration of establishment of a patent right under Article 92-2 (1) of the Act, the relevant period shall be excluded from a period under paragraph (1), not with standing the provisions of paragraph (1).
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 23341, Dec. 2, 2011]
CHAPTER II EXAMINATION AND TRIAL
 Article 8 (Qualification for Examiners, etc.)
(1) To be qualified for an examiner, a person shall be any of the following public officials who work for the Korean Intellectual Property Office or any of its affiliated agencies and have completed the specified training course conducted for examiners by the International Intellectual Property Training Institute: Provided, That a person eligible to be appointed as an examiner, which is designated as an open position pursuant to Article 28-4 (1) of the State Public Officials Act, shall meet the requirements for performing duties specified in paragraph (2) of the same Article, while a person eligible to be appointed as an examiner, which is designated as a position publicly offered pursuant to Article 28-5 (1) of the same Act, shall meet the requirements for performing duties specified in paragraph (2) of the same Article: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21917, Dec. 30, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 24491, Apr. 3, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 24852, Nov. 20, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26494, Aug. 19, 2015>
1. A public official in general service as a member of the Senior Executive Service;
2. A Grade V or higher-ranking state public official in general service;
3. A specialized fixed-term public official who satisfies the qualification criteria for Grade A or B specified in attached Table 4-2 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials;
4. A Grade VI state public official in general service (limited to the persons who satisfy the qualification criteria for specialized fixed-term Grade A or B public officials specified in attached Table 4-2 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials).
(2) A person eligible to become an administrative patent judge shall be a person falling under any of the following subparagraphs from among Grade-IV or higher-ranking state public officials in general service or public officials in general service as members of the Senior Executive Service, who work for the Korean Intellectual Property Office or any of its affiliated agencies and who have completed the specified education and training course for administrative patent judges provided by the International Intellectual Property Training Institute: Provided, That a person eligible to be appointed as an administrative patent judge, which is designated as a position open to the private sector pursuant to Article 28-4 (1) of the State Public Officials Act, shall meet the requirements for performing duties specified in paragraph (2) of the same Article, while a person eligible to be appointed as an administrative patent judge, which is designated as a position publicly offered pursuant to Article 28-5 (1) of the same Act, shall meet the requirements for performing duties specified in paragraph (2) of the same Article: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 16417, Jun. 30, 1999; Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005; Presidential Decree No. 19513, Jun. 12, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 24491, Apr. 3, 2013>
1. A person who has served as an examiner at the Korean Intellectual Property Office for two or more years;
2. Deleted; <by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
3. A person who has served for two or more years in total as an examiner at the Korean Intellectual Property Office, as a Grade-V or higher-ranking state public official in general service or a public official in general service as a member of the Senior Executive Service, while being engaged directly in trials at the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board, and as a technical examiner in the Patent Court.
(3) A person eligible to become a presiding administrative patent judge shall be a person falling under any of the following subparagraphs from among Grade-III or higher-ranking state public officials in general service or public officials in general service as members of the Senior Executive Service, who work for the Korean Intellectual Property Office or any of its affiliated agencies: Provided, That a person eligible to be appointed as a presiding administrative patent judge, which is designated as a position open to the private sector pursuant to Article 28-4 (1) of the State Public Officials Act, shall meet the requirements for performing duties specified in paragraph (2) of the same Article, while a person eligible to be appointed as a presiding administrative patent judge, which is designated as a position publicly offered to the private sector pursuant to Article 28-5 (1) of the same Act, shall meet the requirements for performing duties specified in paragraph (2) of the same Article: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 16725, Feb. 28, 2000; Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005; Presidential Decree No. 19513, Jun. 12, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 24491, Apr. 3, 2013>
1. A person who has served as an administrative patent judge at the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board for two or more years;
2. A person who is qualified as an administrative patent judge under paragraph (2) and has worked for the Korean Intellectual Property Office or any of its affiliated agencies for three or more years while being engaged in examinations or trials.
(4) A person eligible to become the President of the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board shall be qualified as an administrative patent judge. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24491, Apr. 3, 2013>
(5) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) through (4), a public official who falls under a class that qualifies him/her as an examiner, administrative patent judge, presiding administrative patent judge, or President of the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board under paragraphs (1) through (4) (including a public official in general service in the Senior Executive Service and a specialized fixed-term public official referred to in paragraph (1) 3) and who is qualified as a patent attorney may be appointed as an examiner, administrative patent judge, presiding administrative patent judge, or President of the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board, respectively: Provided, That a specialized fixed-term public official referred to in paragraph (1) 3 and a Grade VI state public official in general service referred to in paragraph (1) 4 shall be eligible to become an examiner only. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21917, Dec. 30, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 24491, Apr. 3, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 24852, Nov. 20, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(6) Matters necessary for training of examiners and administrative patent judges under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be determined by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 15408, Jun. 26, 1997]
 Article 8-2 (Criteria for Registering Agencies Specializing in Search for Prior Art, etc.)
(1) Pursuant to Article 58 (2) of the Act, the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shall register a corporation that meets all the following requirements as a specialized agency in charge of search for prior art and issuance of patent classification codes under Article 58 (1) of the Act (hereinafter referred to as "specialized agency for search and classification"): Provided, That the foregoing shall not apply to a corporation, if its registration as a specialized agency for search and classification was revoked under Article 58-2 (1) 1 of the Act or any executive officer of the corporation worked for any other corporation whose registration as a specialized agency for search and classification was revoked and if two years have not passed since the registration was revoked. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 22674, Feb. 22, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 27778, Jan. 10, 2017; Presidential Decree No. 28066, May 29, 2017>
1. The corporation shall secure the literature and equipment necessary to provide the services specified in Article 8-3 (1);
2. The corporation shall secure human resources and organizations exclusively dedicated to the services specified in Article 8-3 (1);
3. Any executive officer or employee of the corporation shall not be a person who concurrently works as an executive officer or employee of any other firm that is engaged in the business specified in Article 2 of the Patent Attorney Act or a patent attorney registered under Article 5 of the same Act (excluding patent attorneys who suspend their business operations after reporting the suspension of business operations under Article 6-2 (2) of the same Act);
4. The corporation shall have a security system for the executive officers, employees, facilities, and equipment involved in the services specified in Article 8-3 (1).
(2) If a specialized agency for search and classification performs any service other than the services specified in Article 8-3 (1), it shall ensure that performing such service does not make the services specified in the said provisions biased. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(3) A person who wishes to be registered as a specialized agency for search and classification shall file an application for the registration of a specialized agency for search and classification with the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office in the form prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 28066, May 29, 2017>
(4) Detailed standards for securing the literature, equipment, human resources, and organizations, specific standards for the security system, and other matters necessary for the registration and operation of specialized agencies for search and classification under paragraph (1) shall be prescribed and publicly notified by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005; Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 28066, May 29, 2017>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 13744, Oct. 27, 1992]
 Article 8-3 (Commissioning of Search for Prior Art, etc.)
(1) Pursuant to Article 58 (1) of the Act, the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office may commission a specialized agency for search and classification to provide the following services: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
1. Search for prior art;
2. Issuance of patent classification codes;
3. Other services that the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office deems necessary for the examination of patent applications.
(2) The head of the specialized agency for search and classification commissioned by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office to provide any of the services under paragraph (1) shall promptly notify the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office of the results of the service performed by it. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(3) If the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office finds it necessary to perform additional search or any other service with regard to the results of services notified under paragraph (2), he/she may re-commission the head of the relevant specialized agency for search and classification to perform relevant services within the scope of search, etc. specified by him/her. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(4) Paragraph (2) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the re-commissioning under paragraph (3). <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21567, Jun. 26, 2009>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 13744, Oct. 27, 1992]
 Article 8-4 (Criteria, etc. for Registration of Agencies Specializing in Storage and Distribution of Deposited Micro-Organisms)
(1) Pursuant to Article 58 (2) of the Act, the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shall register an institution or organization (hereinafter referred to as "institution, etc.") that meets all the following requirements as a specialized agency for the storage and distribution of deposited micro-organisms: Provided, That the foregoing shall not apply to an institution, etc., if its registration as a specialized agency for the storage and distribution of deposited micro-organisms was revoked under Article 58-2 (1) 1 of the Act or any executive officer of the institution, etc. worked for any other institution whose registration as a specialized agency for the storage and distribution of deposited micro-organisms was revoked and if two years have not passed since the registration was revoked: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 28066, May 29, 2017>
1. The institution, etc. shall be equipped with human resources and facilities necessary for preserving and safekeeping micro-organisms;
2. The institution, etc. shall establish plans to perform services related to the storage and distribution of deposited micro-organisms;
3. The institution, etc. shall have a security system for maintaining confidential information about micro-organisms.
(2) A person who wishes to be registered as a specialized agency for the storage and distribution of deposited micro-organisms shall file an application for the registration of a specialized agency for the storage and distribution of deposited micro-organisms with the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office in the form prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 28066, May 29, 2017>
(3) Specific standards for human resources, facilities, business performance plans, and security systems and other matters necessary for the registration and operation of specialized agencies for the storage and distribution of deposited micro-organisms under paragraph (1) shall be prescribed and publicly notified by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 28066, May 29, 2017>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014]
 Article 9 (Cases Eligible for Expedited Examination)
"A patent application specified by Presidential Decree" in subparagraph 2 of Article 61 of the Act means a patent application designated by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office, among the following patent applications: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 16852, Jun. 23, 2000; Presidential Decree No. 17246, Jun. 27, 2001; Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005; Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 20127, Jun. 28, 2007; Presidential Decree No. 20137, Jun. 29, 2007; Presidential Decree No. 21053, Sep. 30, 2008; Presidential Decree No. 21567, Jun. 26, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 24645, Jun. 28, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26494, Aug. 19, 2015; Presidential Decree No. 27778, Jan. 10, 2017>
1. A patent application in the area of the defense industry;
2. A patent application directly related to green technology (referring to technology that minimizes emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants by saving energy and resources and making use of them efficiently throughout the whole process of social and economic activities, such as technologies related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, raising the efficiency of energy utilization, pollution-free production, clean energy, recycling resources, and eco-friendliness (including related convergence technology));
3. A patent application directly related to export promotion;
4. A patent application concerning the official duties of the State or local governments (including any patent application concerning the duties of the national and public schools provided for in the Higher Education Act, which is filed by the organization in charge of the technology transfer and industrialization established within the national and public schools pursuant to Article 11 (1) of the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Promotion Act);
5. A patent application filed by an enterprise confirmed as a venture business under Article 25 of the Act on Special Measures for the Promotion of Venture Businesses;
5-2. A patent application filed by an enterprise selected as a technology-innovative small and medium enterprise under Article 15 of the Act on the Promotion of Technology Innovation of Small and Medium Enterprises;
5-3. A patent application filed by an enterprise selected as an exemplary company in terms of the employee invention compensation system under Article 11-2 of the Invention Promotion Act;
5-4. A patent application filed by a small or medium enterprise with the certification of management of intellectual property under Article 24-2 of the Invention Promotion Act;
6. A patent application concerning the results of the State project to support the development of new technology or quality certification;
7. A patent application which serves as a basis of a priority claim under treaties (limited to cases where a patent is being processed by a foreign patent office, upon a priority claim based on the relevant patent application);
8. A patent application under which an invention is being practiced or being prepared to be practiced by the patent applicant;
9. A patent application directly related to electronic transaction;
10. A patent application on which the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office has agreed with the commissioner of any foreign patent office to preferentially examine;
11. A patent application regarding which a person who intends to file an application for an expedited examination requested a specialized agency designated and publicly notified as a specialized agency for search and classification to conduct a search for prior art with respect to the invention pending in patent application and has requested the specialized agency to notify the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office of the results of the search;
12. A patent application filed by any of the following persons:
(a) A person aged 65 years or older;
(b) A person whose health problem is likely to incapacitate him/her from following the procedure concerning a patent until a decision to grant a patent or to reject a patent application is rendered unless he/she undergoes an expedited examination.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 16417, Jun. 30, 1999]
 Article 10 (Decision on Expedited Examination)
(1) Any person who applies for an expedited examination shall file with the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office an application for an expedited examination prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 13870, Mar. 6, 1993; Presidential Decree No. 15009, Jun. 3, 1996; Presidential Decree No. 16417, Jun. 30, 1999; Presidential Decree No. 20729, Feb. 29, 2008; Presidential Decree No. 24439, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shall, upon receiving an application for an expedited examination under paragraph (1), decide whether to conduct the expedited examination.
(3) Matters necessary for the decision on an expedited examination referred to in paragraph (2) shall be determined by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office.
CHAPTER III CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT, ETC. OF PATENT APPLICATION RELATED TO NATIONAL DEFENSE
 Article 11 (Classification Criteria of Patent Application Related to National Defense)
The Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shall deter- mine the classification criteria necessary for selection of inventions to be treated as confidential under Article 41 (1) of the Act (hereinafter referred to as "classification criteria") after consulting with the Commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
 Article 12 (Procedure for Confidential Treatment)
(1) If a patent application filed by a person having a domicile or business place in the Republic of Korea is conformed to the classification criteria as prescribed in Article 11, the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shall refer the Commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration to whether it is required to classify and treat such application as confidential. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
(2) Where the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office has made a reference to the Commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration under paragraph (1), he/she shall notify an inventor, applicant and agent of the patent application, and a person who is deemed aware of the invention (hereinafter referred to as "inventor, etc.") of such fact, and request them to maintain the confidentiality thereof. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
(3) The Commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration shall, upon receiving a reference under paragraph (1), make a reply within two months, and if it is deemed necessary to treat the patent application as confidential, he/she shall request the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office to classify and treat such patent application as confidential. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
(4) Upon receiving a request to classify and treat any patent application as confidential under paragraph (3), the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shall take necessary measures in conformity with the confidential service rules, and order the inventor, etc. of the patent application to classify and treat it as confidential, and if he/she is not requested so, he/she shall notify the inventor, etc. of the patent application of a cancellation of the request for maintenance of confidentiality as referred to in paragraph (2). <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005>
(5) Upon receiving a reply of the Commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration under paragraph (3), the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shall promptly issue an order to classify and treat the patent application as confidential, or notify a cancellation of the request for maintenance of confidentiality under paragraph (4). <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
 Article 13 (Cancellation, etc. of Confidential Treatment)
(1) With respect to a patent application which is ordered to be classified and treated as confidential under Article 12 (4), the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shall take necessary measures after consulting twice or more each year with the Commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration on the cancellation of confidentiality, extension of confidential maintenance period or whether to change the confidential level. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
(2) An inventor, etc. who is ordered to classify and treat a patent application as confidential under Article 12 (4), may request the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office to release it from confidential treatment, to change the confidential level or to publish or license the invention to which a patent is applied, in a specified limit.
 Article 14 (Compensation)
(1) A patent applicant may request to the Commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration for a compensation for losses arising from the prohibition of a patent application from being filed in a foreign country or by being treated as confidential(hereinafter referred to as "compensation") under Article 41 (3) of the Act. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 17246, Jun. 27, 2001; Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
(2) If a patent applicant requests a compensation under paragraph (1), he/she shall submit a written request for compensation and documentary evidence proving the losses.
(3) Upon receiving a request for compensation under paragraph (1) from a patent applicant, the Commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration shall determine and pay the amount of compensation, and if necessary, he/she may consult with the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
 Article 15 (Prohibition of Patent Application from Being Filed in Foreign Country and Permission thereof)
(1) If an invention for which a patent application is filed by a person having the domicile or business office in the Republic of Korea, is demanded by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office to be maintained as confidential under Article 12 (2), or is ordered to be classified and treated as confidential under paragraph (4) of the same Article, such person may file a patent application in any foreign country only when it is permitted by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office.
(2) A person who intends to apply for a permit to file a patent application in a foreign country shall submit to the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office a written application prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 13870, Mar. 6, 1993; Presidential Decree No. 15009, Jun. 3, 1996; Presidential Decree No. 16417, Jun. 30, 1999; Presidential Decree No. 20729, Feb. 29, 2008; Presidential Decree No. 24439, Mar. 23, 2013>
 Article 16 (Consultations with Commissioner of Defense Acquisition Program Administration)
If the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office intends to grant permission under any of the following subparagraphs, he/she shall first consult with the Commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
1. Permission on a publication or license of an invention classified and treated as confidential under Article 13 (2) in a specified limit;
2. Permission on a patent application in a foreign country under Article 15 (2).
CHAPTER IV SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS
 Article 17 Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 20127, Jun. 28, 2007>
 Article 18 (Service, etc. of Documents)
(1) Except in cases where the documents to be served under the Act are directly received by the party or his/her agent at the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board or received by utilizing the information and communication networks, such documents shall be sent by registered mail. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993; Presidential Decree No. 15408, Jun. 26, 1997; Presidential Decree No. 17246, Jun. 27, 2001; Presidential Decree No. 20127, Jun. 28, 2007>
(2) Where the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the President of the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board has served the documents pursuant to paragraph (1), he/she shall keep a receipt or its details according to any of the following subparagraphs: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 17246, Jun. 27, 2001>
1. Where a party or his/her agent receives the documents directly at the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board, the receipt specifying the date of receipt and the name of recipient;
2. Where a party or his/her agent receives the documents by utilizing the information and communication networks, the details written in a file for receipt saved on a computer system operated by the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board;
3. Where the documents are sent by registered mail, the receipt of the registered mail.
(3) If the certified copies of an adjudication or decision of trial, review, ruling on the establishment of non-exclusive license and revocation of patent right are served, it shall be made by a special service method as prescribed by the Postal Service Act and its Enforcement: Provided, That when such copies are delivered to persons who have reported on the use of electronic documents under Article 28-4 (1) of the Act, the information and communications network may be used. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993; Presidential Decree No. 15408, Jun. 26, 1997; Presidential Decree No. 16417, Jun. 30, 1999; Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 22674; Presidential Decree No. 22674, Feb. 22, 2011>
(4) Except as otherwise provided for in the Act or this Decree, a certified copy of the document concerned shall be delivered to the person to whom it is to be served, and if a protocol is prepared in lieu of presentation of the document to be served, a certified copy or abstract of such protocol shall be delivered.
(5) Any service to a person falling under the main sentence of Article 3 (1) of the Act shall be made to his/her legal representative.
(6) If several persons jointly exercise the attorneyship, it shall be sufficient to serve it to one of them. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993; Presidential Decree No. 22674, Feb. 22, 2011>
(7) Any service to a person in a prison or detention house shall be made to the head of such prison or detention house. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993>
(8) Where there exist two or more parties or their agents and a report is made on a representative selected to receive documents to the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the President of the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board, documents shall be delivered to such representative. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 22674, Feb. 22, 2011>
(9) The place to be served shall be the domicile or business office of the person to be served: Provided, That where a person intending to be served a document has made a report on the place where he/she want to receive it (limited to a place in the Republic of Korea) in advance to the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the President of the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board, it shall be such place. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993; Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005; Presidential Decree No. 22674, Feb. 22, 2011>
(10) If a person to be served changes his/her place to be served, he/she shall report it without delay to the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993; Presidential Decree No. 22674, Feb. 22, 2011>
(11) If a person to be served refuses to receive the service without justifiable grounds and it is thereby impossible to serve, the service shall be deemed to have been made on the day of sending. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 22674, Feb. 22, 2011>
(12) Sending, etc. of documents, other than those to be served under the Act shall be made as prescribed by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993; Presidential Decree No. 20127, Jun. 28, 2007; Presidential Decree No. 22674, Feb. 22, 2011>
 Article 19 (Patent Gazette)
(1) The Patent Gazette under Article 221 (1) of the Act shall be divided into the patent gazette for registration and the patent gazette for publication. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(2) "Matters specified by Presidential Decree" in Article 87 (3) 8 of the Act means the following matters: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 27778, Jan. 10, 2017>
1. Classification code;
2. Matters concerning an invention deemed not publicly known under Article 30 of the Act;
3. The specification and drawings attached to a patent application (referring to the specification and drawings attached at the time of the registration of the grant of the patent under Article 87 (2) of the Act);
4. Matters concerning divisional patent applications or converted patent applications;
5. Matters concerning priority claim;
6. The laying-open number of a patent application and the date of laying-open;
7. Matters concerning ex officio amendments under Article 66-2 of the Act;
8. The details of correction made pursuant to Article 132-3, 133-2, 136, or 137 of the Act;
9. Other matters that the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office deems necessary.
(3) The patent gazette for publication shall contain the following matters: Provided, That matters that are considered likely to disrupt public order or morality or harm public sanitation shall not be published: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 16417, Jun. 30, 1999; Presidential Decree No. 17246, Jun. 27, 2001; Presidential Decree No. 17995, Jun. 13, 2003; Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006; Presidential Decree No. 24645, Jun. 28, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
1. Matters set forth in accordance with the following classifications:
(a) Where a patentee is a natural person: The name and domicile of a patentee;
(b) Where a patentee is a juristic person: The name of a juristic person and the location of its business office;
2. An application number, classification code, and date of application;
3. The name and domicile of an inventor;
4. The laying-open number of patent application and its date of laying-open;
5. The specification and drawings attached initially to a patent application: Provided, That the following specification (referring to the description of the invention and claims in cases of an international patent application written in a foreign language; hereafter the same shall apply in this subparagraph) and drawings shall be published, if the specification and drawings are attached to a patent application written in any language other than Korean under Article 42-3 (1) of the Act (hereinafter referred to as "patent application in a foreign language") or to an international patent application written in any language other than Korean under Article 199 (1) of the Act (hereinafter referred to as "international patent application in a foreign language"):
(a) In cases of a patent application in a foreign language: The specification and drawings deemed to have been amended under Article 42-3 (5) of the Act;
(b) In cases of an international patent application in a foreign language: The specification and drawings deemed to have been amended under Article 201 (5) of the Act;
5-2. The abstract attached to a patent application;
5-3. Matters concerning the amendment of a specification under Article 42-2 (2) of the Act;
6. Matters concerning a priority claim;
7. Matters concerning converted applications or divisional applications;
8. The fact that a request for the examination of a patent application has been filed under Article 60 (2) of the Act: Provided, That the publication number, classification code, and the application number of the relevant patent application, along with the fact that a request for the examination of a patent application has been filed, shall be published in the subsequently issued patent gazette for publication;
9. The intent to the effect that anyone may claim to the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office against any patent application concerned with information and proof substantiating his/her claim under Article 63-2 of the Act;
10. Other matters concerning the publication of patent application.
(4) Where the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office intends to publish the address of a patentee who is a natural person, an applicant who is a natural person or an inventor under Article 87 (3) of the Act and paragraph (3) of this Article, only part of such address can be published upon the request of the patentee, applicant, or inventor. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24645, Jun. 28, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 27778, Jan. 10, 2017>
(5) The Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shall determine and publicly announce the methods and procedures for filing an application and the scope of address to be published under paragraph (4). <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24645, Jun. 28, 2013>
 Article 19-2 (Processing of Personal Identity Information)
If the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office or the President of the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board deems it unavoidable to carry out the following administrative affairs, he/she may process data containing a resident registration number or a foreigner registration number under subparagraph 1 or 4 of Article 19 of the Enforcement Decree of the Personal Information Protection Act:
1. Administrative affairs for giving an identification number under Article 28-2 of the Act;
2. Administrative affairs relating to patent application under Article 42 of the Act;
3. Administrative affairs relating to the examination and preservation of evidence under Article 157 of the Act;
4. Administrative affairs relating to the submission, etc. of documents under Article 222 of the Act;
5. Other administrative affairs relating to the filing, reporting, or submission in connection with application, examination, trial, and registration under the Act and this Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 23488, Jan. 6, 2012]
 Article 20 (Imposition of Administrative Fines)
The guidelines for the imposition of administrative fines under Article 232 (1) of the Act are as provided for in the attached Table. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23341, Dec. 2, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21053, Sep. 30, 2008]
ADDENDUM
This Decree shall enter into force on September 1, 1990.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 13744, Oct. 27, 1992>
This Decree shall enter into force on November 1, 1992.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 13870, Mar. 6, 1993>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 14059, Dec. 31, 1993>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Decree shall enter into force on January 1, 1994.
(2) (Transitional Measures for Cases of Expedited Examination) With respect to another person's patent application for which the Government or local government and its contributed research institute requested the examination, before this Decree enters into force, the former provisions shall apply.
(3) (Special Case concerning Request for Compensation) The amended provisions of Article 14 (1) shall also apply to any patent application classified into and treated as confidential, before this Decree enters into force.
(4) Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 15009, Jun. 3, 1996>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 1996: Provided, That the amended provisions of subparagraph 2 of Article 7 shall enter into force on December 7, 1996.
Article 2 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 15408, Jun. 26, 1997>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 1997: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 19 (3) 2 (e) through (j) shall enter into force on February 1, 1998 and the amended provisions of Articles 4 (1) 2, 8, and 18 (1) and (2) shall enter into force on March 1, 1998.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures on Calculation, etc. of Period for Qualification of Administrative Patent Judges, etc.)
(1) The term of office which any person has served as a state public official of Grade Ⅳ or Ⅴ in general service in the affairs of appellate trial at the appellate trial tribunal and the term of completion which he/she has completed the training courses for a technical examiner and administrative patent judge as a state public official of Grade Ⅳ in general service at the International Patent Training Center before the amended provisions of Article 8 (2) enter into force shall be deemed the term of office which he/she has served as an examiner as referred to in subparagraph 1 of the same paragraph.
(2) The term of office which any person has served as an administrative patent judge at the Korean Intellectual Property Office before the amended provisions of Article 8 (3) enter into force shall be deemed the term of office which he/she has served as an administrative patent judge as referred to in subparagraph 1 of the same paragraph.
(3) Any person qualified as an administrative patent judge or appellate examiner pursuant to the previous provisions as at the time the amended provisions of Article 8 (2) and (3) enter into force shall be deemed a person qualified as an administrative patent judge or a presiding administrative patent judge under this Decree.
Article 3 (Special Cases on Special Service of Adjudication, etc.)
In applying the amended provisions of Article 18 (3), "trial" in the same paragraph of the same Article shall be construed as "trial, appellate trial and immediate appeal" until February 28, 1998.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 16417, Jun. 30, 1999>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 1999.
(2) (Applicability) The amended provisions of Article 9 shall apply from the first patent application with a request for an expedited examination made after this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 16725, Feb. 28, 2000>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 and 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 16852, Jun. 23, 2000>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 2000.
(2) (Applicability to Request for Expedited Examination) The amended provisions of subparagraph 9 of Article 9 shall apply from the first patent application with a request for an expedited examination filed after this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 17246, Jun. 27, 2001>
This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 2001.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 17995, Jun. 13, 2003>
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 18312, Mar. 17, 2004>
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 18694, Jan. 31, 2005>
This Decree shall enter into force on February 11, 2005.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 19513, Jun. 12, 2006>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 2006.
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 19697, Sep. 28, 2006>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Decree shall enter into force on October 1, 2006: Provided, That the amended provisions of Articles 8 (2) and (3) 2, 18 (3) and 19 (2) 10 shall enter into force on July 1, 2007.
(2) (Applicability to Expedited Examination) The amended provisions of Article 9 shall apply from the first patent application with a request for an expedited examination filed after this Decree enters into force.
(3) (Transitional Measures concerning Qualification Requirements for Administrative Patent Judges) Any person qualified as an administrative patent judge or a presiding administrative patent judge pursuant to the previous provisions as at the time the amended provisions of Article 8 (2) and (3) enter into force shall be deemed a person qualified as an administrative patent judge or a presiding administrative patent judge, respectively, pursuant to this Decree.
(4) (Transitional Matters concerning Publication of Patent Gazette) The publication of the patent gazette concerning the patent application filed pursuant to the previous provisions as at the time the amended provisions of Article 19 (2) 7 and (3) 7 and 9 enter into force shall be governed by the previous provisions.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 20127, Jun. 28, 2007>
This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 2007.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 20137, Jun. 29, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 20729, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 and 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 21053, Sep. 30, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on October 1, 2008.
Article 2 (Applicability to Cases Eligible for Expedited Examination)
The amended provisions of Article 9 shall apply from the first patent application with a request for an expedited examination filed after this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 21567, Jun. 26, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 2009: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 8-3 shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation, those of subparagraph 2 of Article 9 on October 1, 2009, and those of Article 3 on January 1, 2010.
Article 2 (Applicability to Matters Entered in Patent Specifications of Invention related to Micro-Organism)
The amended provisions of Article 3 shall apply from the first patent application, divisional application, converted application, and application made by a lawful holder of the right after an application made by an unentitled person after the date the amended provisions of Article 3 under the proviso to Article 1 of the Addenda enter into force.
Article 3 (Transitional Measures)
Notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 4 (1) 2, the previous provisions shall apply to any patent application made before this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 21917, Dec. 30, 2009>
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 22674, Feb. 22, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on April 1, 2011.
Article 2 (Applicable Examples concerning Delivery of Copies of Adjudication or Decision)
The amended provisions of Article 18 (3) shall apply from the first adjudication or decision field after the enforcement of this Decree.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 23341, Dec. 2, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date when the Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Korea and the United States of America comes into effect in the Republic of Korea: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 20 and the attached table shall enter into force on January 1, 2012.
Article 2 (Applicability to Period Delayed Due to Applicants)
The amended provisions of Article 7-2 shall apply from the first patent application field after this Decree enters into force.
Article 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Administrative Fines)
(1) The application of standards for imposition of administrative fines against violations before this Decree enters into force shall be governed by the previous provisions, notwithstanding the amended provisions of the attached table.
(2) The imposition of administrative fines against violations before this Decree enters into force shall not be included in calculating the number of violations under the amended provisions of the attached table.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 23488, Jan. 6, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Article 2 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 24439, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 and 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 24491, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability to Inventions Subject to Application for Registration of Extension of Term of Patent Right by Permit, etc.)
The amended provisions of Article 7 shall apply to the inventions for which an application for registration of the extension of the term of a patent right by permit, etc. is filed on or after the date this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 24645, Jun. 28, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 2013: Provided, That the amended provisions of subparagraph 5-3 of Article 9 shall enter into force on September 23, 2013, and the amended provisions of paragraphs (2) through (4) of Article 19 shall enter into force on July 1, 2014.
Article 2 (Applicability to Entering Method of Scope of Patent Claims)
The amended provisions of Article 5 (4) shall also apply to the following patent applications:
1. Patent applications pending at the time when this Decree enters into force;
2. The following patent applications filed after this Decree enters into force (item 3 refers to an application for a utility model registration) in connection with patent applications filed before this Decree enters into force:
(a) Patent applications filed by a lawful holder of the right under the main sentence of Articles 34 and 35 of the Act;
(b) Divisional application under Article 52 of the Act;
(c) Converted application under Article 53 of the Act.
Article 3 (Applicability to Cases Subject to Expedited Examination)
The amended provisions of subparagraph 5-3 of Article 9 shall apply from the first expedited examination of a patent application filed by a company selected as an exemplary company in terms of the employee invention compensation system under Article 11-2 of the Invention Promotion Act after the enforcement date under proviso to Article 1 of the Addenda.
Article 4 (Applicability to Patent Gazette)
The amended provisions of Article 19 (4) shall apply from the first application for publication of only part of the address in the patent gazette for public announcement of registration and the patent gazette for disclosure of patent application after the enforcement date under proviso to Article 1 of the Addenda.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 24852, Nov. 20, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on December 12, 2013.
Articles 2 through 9 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 25924, Dec. 30, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on January 1, 2015.
Article 2 (Applicability to Publication in Patent Gazette for Registration)
The amended provisions of Article 19 (2) 6-2 shall also apply to patents registered before this Decree enters into force but published in the patent gazette for registration after this Decree enters into force.
Article 3 (Transitional Measure concerning Specialized Agencies for Search for Prior Art, etc.)
The specialized agencies designated under former Article 8-2 before this Decree enters into force shall be deemed specialized agencies for search and classification designated under the amended provisions of Article 8-2.
Article 4 (Transitional Measure concerning Depository Authorities Designated by Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office for Micro-organisms)
The depository authorities designated by the Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office for micro-organisms under former Article 2 (1) before this Decree enters into force shall be deemed specialized agencies designated under the amended provisions of Article 8-4 for the storage and distribution of deposited micro-organisms.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 26494, Aug. 19, 2015>
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 27778, Jan. 10, 2017>
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 19 (2) shall enter into force on March 1, 2017.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 28066, May 29, 2017>
This Decree shall enter into force on June 3, 2017.