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Legal Texts Relevant to Trademarks

Republic of Korea

Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature

Date of TextTitle
December 31, 1961Industrial Design Protection Act (Act No. 951 of December 31, 1961, as amended up to Act No. 11962 of July 30, 2013)
December 31, 1961Utility Model Act (Act No. 952 of December 31, 1961, as amended up to Act No. 11962 of July 30, 2013)
November 28, 1949Amendment to the Trademark Law
November 28, 1949Patent Act (Act of 1946, as amended up to Act No. 11962 of July 30, 2013)
November 28, 1949Trademark Act (Act No. 71 of November 28, 1949, as amended up to Act No. 11962 of July 30, 2013)

IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature

Date of TextTitle
May 13, 2002Fair Transactions in Franchise Business Act (Act No. 6704 of May 13, 2002, as last amended by Act No. 10168 of March 22, 2010)
February 3, 2001Act on the Investigation of Unfair International Trade Practices and Remedy Against Injury to the Industry (Act No. 6417 of February 3, 2001, as last amended by Act No. 10230 of April 5, 2010)
January 20, 1962Commercial Act (Act No. 1000 of January 20, 1962, as last amended by Act No. 10696 of May 23, 2011)

Implementing Rules/Regulations

Date of TextTitle
 Enforcement Decree of the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act (as last amended by Presidential Decree No. 23153 of September 22, 2011)
July 30, 1981Enforcement Decree of the Trademark Act (as amended up to Presidential Decree No. 24439 of March 23, 2013)
April 1, 1981Enforcement Decree of the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act (Presidential Decree No. 10267 of April 1, 1981, as amended up to Presidential Decree No. 24697 of August 27, 2013)
December 31, 1973Trademark Regulations (as amended up to Ordinance No. 16 of June 28, 2013 of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)

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