Section 1840.02 The Korean Intellectual Property Office as an International Searching Authority

Since January 1, 2006, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has been available as an International Searching Authority for PCT applications filed by U.S. nationals or residents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as receiving Office or in the International Bureau (IB) as receiving Office. Once the international search report has been established by ISA/KR, the copies of the documents cited in the PCT international search report are made available only to applicant from the KIPO website ( within 3 months from the mailing of the international search report. A fee may be required for request of the cited documents after the expiration of the 3 month period.