South Korea

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Foreign filing information

PCT national stage entry

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KR

Filing requirements

Deadline: 31 months
Power of Attorney: Yes
Assignments: No
Language: Korean
Translation Extension: No
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: Deferred

Country notes

  • Cannot file translation later, so instructions should be provided as early as possible before the 31 month deadline to avoid urgency surcharges.

  • Unlike most countries that require signed forms from the applicant, the Korean Intellectual Property Office accepts faxed or scanned copies of documents.

Direct (Paris Convention) filing

european validation Direct file pct stage

KR

Filing requirements

Power of Attorney: Yes
Assignments: No
Language: Korean
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: Deferred

Country notes

  • A certified copy of the priority document needs to be filed within 18 months from the earliest priority date (with details needed at filing).

  • The priority document does not need to be submitted if the priority application was filed in JP, EP, or US.

  • Unlike most countries that require signed forms from the applicant, the Korean Intellectual Property Office accepts scanned copies of documents.

  • As of January 1 2015, Paris Convention applications into Korea can be filed in English with the Korean translation filed before the 14-month deadline. However, the official basic fee with increase substantially and an agent late fee will also apply.