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Legal Texts Relevant to Trademarks

Republic of Korea

Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature

Date of TextTitle
December 31, 1961Patent Act (Act No. 950 of December 31, 1961, as amended up to Act No. 11962 of July 30, 2013)
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, 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 amended up to 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 amended up to Act No. 10230 of April 5, 2010)
February 5, 1999Fair Labeling and Advertising Act (Act No. 5814 of February 5, 1999, as amended up to Act No. 12096 of August 13, 2013)
January 21, 1999Agricultural and Marine Products Quality Control Act (Act No. 5667 of January 21, 1999, as amended up to Act No. 12064 of August 13, 2013)
December 8, 1992Act on the Layout-Design of Semiconductor Integrated Circuits (Act No. 4526 of December 8, 1992, as amended up to Act No. 12289 of January 21, 2014)
December 4, 1987Software Industry Promotion Act (Act No. 3984 of December 4, 1987, as amended up to Act No. 12120 of December 30, 2013)
January 20, 1962Commercial Act (Act No. 1000 of January 20, 1962, as last amended by Act No. 10696 of May 23, 2011)
December 30, 1961Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act (Act No. 911 of December 30, 1961, as amended up to Act No. 11112 of December 2, 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)
February 20, 2014Enforcement Rule of the Decree on the Registration of Patent Right, etc. (Ordinance No. 221, December 2, 2011, of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, as amended up to Ordinance No. 47, January 29, 2014, of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)
December 2, 2011Decree on the Registration of Patent Rights, etc. (Presidential Decree No. 23344 of December 2, 2011, as amended up to Presidential Decree No. 25122 of January 28, 2014)
June 30, 1999Enforcement Decree of the Fair Labeling and Advertising Act (Presidential Decree No. 16430 of June 30, 1999, as amended up to Presidential Decree No. 25050 of December 30, 2013)
August 3, 1981Regulations on Payment of Patent Fees and Other Fees Related to Utility Models, Industrial Designs and Trademarks (Ordinance No. 634 of August 3, 1981, of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, as amended up to Ordinance No. 51, February 21, 2014, of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)
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)
November 28, 1949Amendment to the Trademark Law

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