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PatentExaminationGuidelinesDecember 2017www.kipo.go.kr발 간 등 록 번 호11-1430000-001572-01 (Note) This English edition of the Korean Intellectual Property Office’s Patent Examination Guidelines is based on the Korean Patent Examination Guidelines published in March, 2017. If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between the Korean edition and the English edition, the Korean edition shall prevail. Foreword to the English EditionWe stand on the brink of a major transformation brought by the 4th Industrial Revolution. It is essential to create and obtain strong intellectual property rights (IPRs) that bring about innovation enhancing the global competitiveness of Korean industry, as considering that the 4th Industrial Revolution should be seen as an opportunity rather than a crisis. The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) aims for high quality patent examination, moving beyond fast and efficient examination. During the past years, KIPO has made many efforts to help inventors to create...