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  • USPTO and KIPO expand cooperative patent classification system

    September 25, 2014

    The USPTO and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) have announced an expansion of cooperation in classification activities between the two offices, with the USPTO urging IP5 offices follow KIPO’s lead and increase IP protection

  • The effect of Apple and Samsung's Asia-Pacific battles

    August 08, 2014

    Apple and Samsung's worldwide patent disputes raised a number of novel legal and procedural issues across the Asia-Pacific region

  • Change to Korea’s patent law helps international filers

    July 31, 2014

    An amendment to Korea’s Patent Act will make it easier for international companies to secure an earlier priority date and fix translation errors, with more changes on the way

  • Korea accedes to Hague system

    April 04, 2014

    Korea’s accession to the Hague system, which provides a single application for international industrial design filings, will come into effect on July 1

  • Managing IP Global Awards 2014: the winners

    March 20, 2014

    Awards were presented to the leading national, regional and global firms at a ceremony at the Dorchester, London on March 19

  • Where to fight your IP war in Asia

    February 25, 2014

    As global IP battles become increasingly common, multinationals must not only decide whether to respond to a lawsuit by filing a counterclaim, but where to bring that response. While patent owners are understandably attracted to large and lucrative markets like the US, the speed and quality of proceedings in jurisdictions like Korea make it an interesting venue as well

  • United Arab Emirates and South Korea sign MoU

    February 10, 2014

    The memorandum of understanding sets the stage for the UAE to set up a patent unit within the Ministry of Economy by the end of the year

  • Korea institutes new employee remuneration requirements

    February 04, 2014

    Unlike countries such as the United States which allow employment agreements that automatically transfer the IP rights of employee-created inventions to the employer, South Korea does not allow for such provisions. The amended Invention Promotion Act, which came into effect on January 31, clarifies the procedural requirements employers must follow to take ownership or to get a non-exclusive licence of their employees’ inventions

  • Samsung and Google sign patent licence agreement

    January 26, 2014

    Samsung Electronics and Google have announced a global patent cross-licence agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas

  • BIP Asia – Managing IP’s Asia cases of the year

    January 13, 2014

    BIP Asia recently presented awards to the winners of the most important cases of the year in Asia

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