Major revisions to Patent/Utility Model Law as of July 1, 2007
(1) The requirement of Article 42, Paragraph 3 of the Korean Patent Law regarding the drafting of the Detailed Description of an Invention has been eased. In the past, the Detailed Description had to include sections for the objectives, structures, and effects of the invention. According to the revised law, however, an invention can be protected without the need to separately state the objectives, structures, and effects thereof.

(2) A provision for late filing of the claims of a specification has been newly established (Article 42, Paragraph 5 of the Korean Patent Law). In the past, the claims had to be included in an application upon filing of the application. In the revised law, however, the claims may be omitted when filing the application and be submitted within one and a half years from the filing date of the application.
Major revisions to Patent/Utility Model Law as of July 1, 2007