KIPO and WIPO Agreed on Improvement of Patent Cooperation Treaty - the International Patent System
3 Jun 2016 The Electronic Newspaper
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) service - the international patent system - will become more convenient to use.

Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced on June 2nd that it reached an agreement with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in Geneva, Switzerland, on the "PCT Digitalized Cooperative Initiative for 2016-2017", a plan designed to improve the PCT system.

The initiative contains a revised plan to enhance the convenience of PCT patent applications and the work efficiency. Once the revision is implemented, Koreans will easily fill out the application form on WIPO's ePCT website when filing the international patent application without the need to install PCT-SAFE, the software required for writing the PCT application form.

Users can also search the current status of the filing process in real-time on ePCT website, such as submission of the PCT document and international search.

The two parties also agreed to carry out a project that enables electronic transfer and processing of PCT documents.

Kim Ki-beom, head of KIPO's Information and Customer Policy Division, said, "Both sides agreed on continuous cooperation with the implementation of this plan, such as hosting expert meetings on the theme of digitalization."

Reported by Shin Sunmi in Daejeon