Region: South Korea

K-pop superstars T-ara vow to fight for rights to their name; experts predict bitter legal battle ahead

Members from one of the most popular Korean bands in the world, T-ara, are taking legal action for rights to use the group name following a trademark application by their former <span class="ellipsis">management agency. </span>

23 January 2018

Chinese brands rise, app store warning and K-pop fans furious over T-ARA trademark: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a brand protection company closing a $12m investment round, an author seeking registered  protection for a steamy National Hockey League team name, and much more.

09 January 2018

New international panels to be established in South Korean courts

The Korean National Assembly has approved an amendment to the Court Organisation Act which stipulates that the district courts in the five statutory venues for IP rights disputes.

08 January 2018

KIPO calls out Chinese plagiarism, USPTO rule making, reality show trademark protection and pugs in Prada: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the fallout from Kid Rock’s latest tour announcement, how the Korean IP Office is speaking out on behalf of domestic brands, and much more.

27 October 2017

KIPO’s expenditure set to surpass income as filings drop reported: exclusive data analysis

In the first of a new series of country data reports from World Trademark Review, we identify the key trademark trends in the Korean market, consider where filing business is emanating from and highlight the performance of leading domestic brands.

06 October 2017

Copycat packaging enjoined for unfair competition on dilution grounds

The Seoul Central District Court recently granted a preliminary injunction against the sale of a banana-flavoured jelly product on the grounds of dilution. The court found that the plaintiff's banana-flavoured milk product was a well-known source identifier. As such, the plaintiff had rights to its appearance even for non-milk products.

17 July 2017

Criminal penalties to be introduced for selling 'dead copy' products

Under a recently published amendment to the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act, infringers which violate the ‘dead copy’ provision of the act may be subject to imprisonment for up to three years or a fine of up to KRW30 million. The amendment will come into force in July 2017.

20 April 2017

Minimalist designs can now be protected through design registration

The Korean Intellectual Property Office has amended the Design Examination Guidelines, effective as of January 1 2017. The most notable of the amendments is that the creativity threshold for the registration of designs has been substantially lowered.

02 February 2017

Supreme Court affirms that shop decorations and trade dress are protected under unfair competition law

The Supreme Court has affirmed a high court decision in which the latter had held that a bakery shop's general appearance and other trade dress elements were protected under the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secrets Act. This case is noteworthy as it is the first time that the Supreme Court has specifically recognised the protection of such rights in shop interior and outdoor decorations under the law.

27 January 2017

Unregistered handbag designs protected under ‘catch-all’ provision

The Seoul High Court has rendered a significant decision that further clarifies the meaning of the ‘catch-all’ provision of the Unfair Competition and Trade Secret Protection Prevention Act.

12 May 2016

Unlock unlimited access to all WTR content