Adjust the fees for international searches and international preliminary

       examinations under the PCT



The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) plans to adjust the fees for international searches and international preliminary examinations under the PCT effective from January 1, 2009.

Current Fees Revised Fees
Amount Amount
(Korean Won) (Korean Won)
Search Fee 225,000 Search Fee 900,000
(filed in English)
450,000
(filed in English)
Preliminary Examination Fee 225,000 Preliminary Examination Fee 450,000


Main reasons for the adjustment

Fees for international searches and international preliminary examinations under the PCT at KIPO were remarkably low and well below the primary cost. Accordingly, we plan to raise the fees for international searches and international preliminary examinations under the PCT to meet the primary cost. The difference in search fee for international search service between in English and Korean reflects the difference in the actual workload of examiners: e.g., conducting searches and writing search reports is much easier and quicker in Korean than in English.

Furthermore, since staring on January 1, 2009, Korean will be used as an official language of publication under the PCT, and the Korean language will be used for all international search services for PCT applications filed in Korean. This is another reason why the different international languages have different search fees.

Plans for the future

We plan to enhance the convenience of customers. For instance, in January 2009, we will introduce a service on our web site http://www.kipo.go.kr/kpo/eng/ for downloading copies of documents cited in PCT international search reports. Relevant details will subsequently be provided in Form PCT/ISA/220. Furthermore, in July 2009, the convenience of the fee payment service, including the payment of PCT international preliminary examination fees, will be improved through the introduction of a deposit account system.

<Obtained from the website of KIPO (http://www.kipo.go.kr/kpo/eng); Posted on December 12, 2008>