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The procedures for registering a utility model are the same as that of patents except for some notification periods.
01 First-to-File Rule;
02 Publication of Unexamined Application;
03 Request for Examination; and
04 Post-grant Opposition System
The procedures for registering a utility model are same as that of patent except for some notification periods.
01 Applicant
Either the inventor of an invention or his assignee can file a patent application for the invention with KIPO. The applicant may be either a natural person or a juristic person.
02 Documents Required
A person who desires to obtain a patent must submit to the Commissioner of KIPO the following documents:

  ⒜ an application stating the name and address of the inventor and the
     applicant (including the name of a representative, if applicable, the date
     of submission, the title of the invention, and priority data (if the right of
     priority is claimed);
  ⒝ a specification setting forth the following matters: the title of the invention;
     a brief description of drawings (if any); a detailed description of the
     invention; and claim(s);
  ⒞ drawing(s), if any;
  ⒟ an abstract;
  ⒠ the priority document which is a certified copy of the priority application
     together with its Korean translation if the right of priority is claimed; and
   ⒡ a power of attorney, if necessary.
03 Claim of Priority
In order to enjoy the priority right, an application should be filed withKIPO within 1 year from the filing date of the priority application(priority date).
The priority document above mentioned may be submitted within one year and four months from the priority date. If the priority document is not submitted within that period of time, the claim of priority will be considered not to have been claimed.
When a patent application is submitted to KIPO, it is checked to ensure that all requirements necessary to accord the application a filing date have been satisfied. Under Article 11(1) of the Enforcement Regulation of the Patent Act, falling in any of the following instances the application will be returned to the submitter without any application number being assigned thereto and will be treated as if it had not been submitted:
01 where the kind of the application is not clear;
02 where the name or address of a person (or juristic person) who is initiating the application procedure (i.e. the applicant) is not described;
03 where the application is not written in Korean;
04 where the application is not accompanied by the specification/claims or drawings (only for inventions directed to articles); or
05 where the application is submitted, by a person who has no address or place of business in the Republic of Korea, without using an agent in the Republic of Korea.
Once the application has been satisfied with the requirements, KIPO assigns an application number and examines as to whether or not other formality requirements under the Patent Act have been met. If KIPO discovers that a document or information is missing, such as power of attorney or the name of the representative of the juristic person, it will issue a notice of amendment requesting the applicant to supplement the missing data, within the specified time limit. The applicant may request an extension of the designated time period.

If the applicant does not comply with such a request within the time limit, the patent application will be considered not to have been filed
After a patent application is filed with the KIPO, a patent right is granted through various steps. The Korean Patent system is characterized by:
01 Request for Examination
A patent application will be taken up for examination only if a request for examination is made either by the applicant or by any interested party within 5 years from the filing date of the application. If no request for examination is made within this five-year period, the patent application is deemed to have been withdrawn. Once a request for examination has been duly filed, it cannot be withdrawn. A patent application is taken up for examination in the order of filing the request for examination therefore.
02 Requirement for Registration
For a patent to be registered under the Patent Law, it should meet the following requirements;
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