| The amended Korean Patent Act allows the inventions disclosed to the public through "any internet source" to be eligible prior arts in the examination of novelty and inventive steps.
Before the amendment to the Korean Patent Act, eligible prior arts as provided in the rules only included specific internet sources such as those of governments, international organizations, and national universities or institutes. As IT surroundings have been rapidly developed, the Korean Patent Act has removed the out-of-date regulation.
The expanded horizon of the prior arts will result in the use of even more cited references in patent disputes as well as in validity arguments.
This amendment to the Korean Patent Act will apply to applications filed on or after July 1, 2013.