Expanding Electronic Exchange of Madrid-related documents
       between the KIPO and WIPO

For improved business efficiency relating to the Madrid protocol, KIPO and WIPO will extend electronic exchange of documents.
Prior to this, KIPO has been electronically exchanging priority documents for international patent applications with WIPO since September 2004. To enable a PCT Receiving Office (RO) to start electronic filing under the PCT, KIPO developed the PCT-Receiving Office Administration (PCT-ROAD) in collaboration with WIPO in 2005 and has been endeavoring to spread it to more patent offices around the world.
* PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty): An international patent law treaty which provides unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions in each of its contracting states.

Following the PCT-related documents, KIPO has also been electronically exchanging Madrid-related documents since June of this year.
* The Madrid International Trademark Registration System is the system to be governed in accordance with ˇ°Protocol relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marksˇ± enacted by WIPO to simplify procedures under which a trademark is filed and registered to foreign countries. 82 countries have joined as of July 2010. Korea joined it in 2003.

At the KIPO-WIPO high-level meeting held last May, KIPO agreed to electronically send various documents under the Madrid Protocol to the International Bureau of the WIPO. So far, a total of 3,581 documents have been sent electronically to WIPO.

In addition, during his visit to the 48th WIPO General Assemblies Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday September 22, the Commissioner of KIPO, Lee Soowon, signed an MOU with the Director General of WIPO, Francis Gurry and accordingly made an official basis for further extension of electronic exchange of Madrid Protocol-related documents between both offices.

With this agreement on the electronic exchange of international trademark documents, the majority of documents between KIPO and WIPO will be electronically processed. We expect this to greatly reduce the cost and time and enlarge cooperation with WIPO.

<Obtained from the website of KIPO (http://www.kipo.go.kr/kpo/eng); posted on October 5, 2010>