MPEP 1840.02
The Korean Intellectual Property Office as an International Searching Authority

Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 10.2019, Last Revised in June 2020

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1840.02    The Korean Intellectual Property Office as an International Searching Authority [R-10.2019]

Since January 1, 2006, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has been available as an International Searching Authority for PCT applications filed by U.S. nationals or residents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as receiving Office or in the International Bureau (IB) as receiving Office. The announcement appeared in the Official Gazette at 1302 OG 1261 on January 17, 2006.

For any limitations or restrictions with the KIPO as an ISA, please refer to the PCT Information section of the Official Gazette found on the USPTO’s website (www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/ official-gazette ).

For additional information, e.g., subject matter limitations, additional search fees, cited documents, etc., please refer to Annex D of the PCT Applicant’s Guide found on WIPO’s website (www.wipo.int/pct/en/guide/index.html ).