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Korea Trademark Opposition Explained

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Opposition   If a trademark is filed, the filed application will be assigned to examiners and the examiner in charge will examine the application. If the examiner finds no grounds to reject the trademark application, the application will be published. Any third party who opposes registration of the published application can file an opposition at…

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How will changes to the Trademark Act affect you?

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The new changes to the Trademark Act will allow some useful new options for businesses to protect their brands as well as enforce their intellectual property rights. The changes which businesses should be aware of include: Increased power against counterfeiters Previous to the changes, if a counterfeit product was imported into the EU, the onus…

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Prevent similar trademark registration

Preventing similar trademark registration in Korea

How to prevent similar trademark registration in Korea There are two ways to prevent similar trademark registration: opposition and providing information. The opposition can be raised when the application is published after KIPO examiner has reviewed the application. You can provide the information during the examination. You can also file the invalidation in order to…

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[KR] How To Respond To KIPO If An Application is Rejected

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The Two Common Reasons For Rejection of an Application: 1) when the trademark is not distinctive 2) when the trademark is distinctive, but the cited mark is found before the application. When the application is rejected because of the first reason, you need to be sure that the trademark you are applying is indeed not…

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