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2009. 12. 101th
+ Patent fees are expected to be selectively payable from 2010

Patent fees are expected to be selectively payable from 2010


A variety of paying method such as mileage and credit card will be available




From 2010, clients will be able to choose the method of paying patent fees at their own convenience.


The KIPO said on December 15 that it plans to introduce and enforce as from January next year a fee mileage system, installment payment by credit card and discount for advance payment of patent annuities. Besides, fiveyeardividedpayment of trademark registration fee and the system of request of trademark right renewal will be also introduced in the second half of the year 2010 after being passed at Korean National Assembly next week.


 


First, through the fee mileage system, a certain amount of patent fees paid to the KIPO will be accumulated as a mileage for the client to earn bonus points by the KIPO when requesting a patent support project or get a patent fee reduction afterwards by the amount of accumulated mileage.


 


By introducing the system of installment payment by credit card, clients will be able to choose to pay by credit card in two or threemonthinstallment without any interest, and a foreign client can use a credit card issued by a foreign bank to pay some PCT fees under the improved paying system.


 


Also, the system of discount for advance payment of patent annuities is planned to provide the benefit of 5 % discount for the clients who pay three years’ patent annuities or more in a lump sum, and the installment payment system of trademark registration fee will allow trademark right holders to pay the registration fee in two installments, the first payment at the time of registration and the second by the time 5 years before the expiration of rights.


 


The system of the request of trademark right renewal is expected to simplify the renewal procedures through submitting a written application of renewal request accompanying payment of renewal fees without an additional procedure of renewal filing. The improvedfeepayment systems planned by the KIPO are expected to alleviate a client’s burden and inconvenience in paying patent fees, said an official of the KIPO.


 





 


First, through the fee mileage system, a certain amount of patent fees paid to the KIPO will be accumulated as a mileage for the client to earn bonus points by the KIPO when requesting a patent support project or get a patent fee reduction afterwards by the amount of accumulated mileage.


 


By introducing the system of installment payment by credit card, clients will be able to choose to pay by credit card in two or threemonthinstallment without any interest, and a foreign client can use a credit card issued by a foreign bank to pay some PCT fees under the improved paying system.


 


Also, the system of discount for advance payment of patent annuities is planned to provide the benefit of 5 % discount for the clients who pay three years’ patent annuities or more in a lump sum, and the installment payment system of trademark registration fee will allow trademark right holders to pay the registration fee in two installments, the first payment at the time of registration and the second by the time 5 years before the expiration of rights.


 


The system of the request of trademark right renewal is expected to simplify the renewal procedures through submitting a written application of renewal request accompanying payment of renewal fees without an additional procedure of renewal filing. The improvedfeepayment systems planned by the KIPO are expected to alleviate a client’s burden and inconvenience in paying patent fees, said an official of the KIPO.