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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Feb 28, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 3/19)
South Korea
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Trademark Examination Guidelines Amended

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) amended its trademark examination guidelines, effective as of January 1, 2019. The major amendments are summarized below.

- Stricter examination of non-owner marks on famous characters and character names
- No registrations for “buzzword” terms such as ‘K-POP’
- New restrictions on individuals applying for franchise marks in their own names
- Marks comprising a famous geographical name and ‘University’ can be distinctive

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