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Republic of Korea

Seed Industry Act (Act No. 5024 of December 6, 1995, as last amended by Act No. 10332 of May, 31 2010)

Date of Text (Enacted):December 6, 1995
Type of Text:IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Competition, Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection, Trademarks, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets)
Notes:
This consolidated version of the Seed Industry Act incorporates all amendments from 1996 up to 2010.

In the Republic of Korea, new varieties of plants are entitled to protection under the Seed Industry Act and Patent Act.
The Seed Industry Act contains specific provisions on the protection of plant varieties. Chapter II of the law governs the protection of the plant breeder’s rights. Chapter III regulates the variety denominations, and Chapter IX refers to the penal provisions on infringements of plant variety rights.
In particular, the law provides the provisions that specify its relationship with the Patent Act (see Articles 7(1), 10, 48, 86(2), 100, 105, 107, 168, 170(1), 176(3) & (5)).
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