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KIPO’s 2nd Notice regarding Extensions of Deadlines in South Korea


The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) recently extended designated deadlines falling in the period between March 31 – April 29, 2020 to April 30, 2020 in response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

However, to further alleviate the ongoing concerns of domestic and foreign applicants of missing the document submission period due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, as of April 28, 2020, KIPO has announced that it is exercising its ex officio authority to further extend the period for document submissions.

As such, designated deadlines falling in the period between April 30 - May 30, 2020 will now be extended to May 31, 2020.

This means that the deadlines which have already been extended to April 30, 2020 will now be further extended to May 31, 2020.

Please be advised, however, that these ex officio extensions are not applicable to the statutory periods prescribed by patent/utility model/design/trademark laws or treaties, such as the 31-month time limit for a PCT national phase entry in Korea, the deadline for requesting a substantive examination for patent applications, the deadline for responding to a final rejection, etc.

We trust this update is helpful, but should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.