Korean in International Patent Applications

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced that the Korean version of PCT-SAFE, electronic application software that can write and submit PCT international applications online using the Korean language, will be distributed starting this 30th. Distribution will be undertaken by KIPO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The Korean version of PCT-SAFE is the result of KIPO¡¯s two-year software improvement efforts aimed at preparing for the selection of Korean as one of PCT international publication language on January 2009.

In the previous English version of PCT-SAFE provided by WIPO, applicants who wanted to use Korean in their international applications had to download and install an additional program, which had a compatibility issue with fonts. This often caused the letters and characters to break, forcing applicants to rewrite whole documents.

The new Korean version of PCT-SAFE provides all user interfaces and terms in Korean, allowing applicants to easily write their applications in Korean. Moreover, the program readily recognizes Korean fonts without requiring the installation of any additional programs, thereby resolving the issue of broken letters or characters.

Director Byoung-Yeop Lee of KIPO¡¯s Technical Cooperation Division commented, ¡°As the Korean language has become one of the PCT international publication languages, it is imperative to have a Korean version of PCT-SAFE for the benefit of Korean applicants. The Korean information system related to the PCT publication language will be continuously upgraded in the future to maximize the convenience of users.¡±

The Korean version of PCT-SAFE can be downloaded from the electronic application homepage of KIPO at http://www.kiporo.go.kr, or the PCT-SAFE homepage of WIPO at http://www.wipo.int/pct-safe/en.

<Obtained from the website of KIPO (http://www.kipo.go.kr/kpo/eng); posted on January 14, 2009>