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Criminal Act (Act No. 293 of September 18, 1953, as amended up to Act No. 10259 April 15, 2010)

Date of entry into force of original text:October 3, 1953
Date of Text (Enacted):September 18, 1953
Type of Text:IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Other
Notes:This consolidated version of the Criminal Act incorporates all the amendments Act No. 10259 April 15, 2010.
Article 317 provides, among others, that a patent attorney who discloses confidential information in the course of his profession shall be punished by imprisonment or imprisonment without prison labor for not more than three years, suspension of qualifications for not more than ten years or a fine not exceeding seven million won.
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