If you file an international PCT application in English, all correspondence from KIPO will be in English. You will not have to translate them into English.
The International Search Report itself is delivered by mail to you. For your convenience,
you can download a copy of each document cited in the International Search Report on the KIPO English web site.
The KIPRIS web site (http://www.kipris.or.kr/enghome/main.jsp) provides free English abstracts called KPA(Korean Patent Abstract) for Korean patent applications published in or after January 2000, or for registered Korean patents from January 1979.
KIPRIS offers KPA, K2E-PAT and Free-machine-translation, total 3 different versions of English translation service.
First, KPA means Korea Patent Abstract.
KPA’s accuracy is relatively fine, because it is translated by humans.
However, it’s difficult to check claims or other details, because its translation range is only abstract of examined or unexamined publication.
K2E-PAT and free-machine-translation are machine translation services using a translation engine specialized in patent fields.
They offer more precise patent translation services than general machine translations. K2E-PAT and free-machine-translation are different when it comes to fee, accurate, translations, and detailed is images.
K2E-PAT charges for the use of their service, but usage of free-machine-translation is free.
And K2E-PAT’s dictionary has more words and sentence pattern than free-machine-translation, so K2E PAT offers more accurate translation service.
In addition, K2E-PAT offers pdf file including the patent’s full image, but the free-machine-translation offers pdf files with only the patent’s representative image.
An English abstract of Japanese patent document can be found on the following web site.
You can select either amendment under PCT Article 19 or amendment under PCT Article 34.
For amendment under PCT Article 19, you can amend only once for claims within a time limit of 2 months from the mailing date of the ISR and WO or 16 months from the earliest priority date, whichever comes later. The amendment should be filed to the International Bureau and there is no fee. There is no subsequent examination process after your amendment in this option. By doing this, you can have the effect of amending claims in every contracting States at once. That is, you can avoid repetition of the same amendment for claims in each country in the national/regional stage.
If you want a positive opinion from the examiner, amendment under PCT Article 34 is what you can try. This is called either Demand filing or International Preliminary Examination, and it costs money. You can amend all parts of your application including description, claims, and drawings. Multiple amendments are possible before the International Preliminary Examination Report is established. Time limit for Demand filing is (i) three months from the date of transmittal of the ISR and the WO; or (ii) 22 months from the earliest priority date, whichever comes later. The Demand should be submitted to the competent IPEA directly.
Since December 2016, all applicants of KIPO have been able to check the status of their PCT using KIPO’s newly created “PCT Status” tool on KIPO’s website.
The tool will inform the applicant of one of the four things regarding their International Search.
It will let them know whether or not the search has been initiated, completed, withdrawn(canceled), or if KIPO has failed to receive the search copy.
The service path is
http://www.kipo.go.kr/kpo/user.tdf?a=user.english.pct.status.BoardApp&c=1001&catmenu=ek05_04_01-> PCT Service -> PCT Status
* You need your PCT application # and password on the ISA/202 form OR your file reference.
KIPO doesn't provide paper copies of the reference documents.
Instead, they are available for viewing and downloading on the KIPO’s website for 6 months from the mailing date of the ISR and WO.
*The service path is
-> PCT Service
-> PCT Services
* You need a PCT application number and a password which can be found in the attention box
on the last page of the PCT/ISA/220 form which was delivered to you together with the ISR and WO.
The KIPRIS web site (http://eng.kipris.or.kr/enghome/main.jsp) provides free English abstract called KPA (Korean Patent Abstract)
for Korean patent applications published in or after January 2000, or for registered Korean patents from January 1979.
Also Full text Korean to English machine translation service called K2E-PAT is available for $30 per document at k2epat.com for both patent and utility model documents.
Korea references: http://kpa.kipris.or.kr/kpa/search/search_kpa.do
Please be advised that the available English abstracts for the Korean references cited on each applicant’s ISRs will be included inside the package of the ISR/WO when they are sent to you by post mail.
The ISA/202 form (Notification of Receipt of Search Copy) for your PCT (Or in case of any email notifications from the IPEA/KR,
please refer to the ISA/402 form) will contain the password, located in the bottom right corner, that you need to open the encrypted attachments.
You should have received the 202 form via email or post mail a couple months before the emails for the ISR/WO were sent out.
The 202 form is sent via an email that is not password protected.
First off, we can ask KIPO to resend the ISR/WO by email.
Also please note, if you failed to received them, I wanted to reiterate the following steps in order to ensure that you receive future email notifications from KIPO.
A. First, we ask that you examine your email inbox. Some of KIPO’s notifications could have been directly quarantined into your spam folder, or the inbox might have been too full to receive KIPO’s emails.
B. In order to ensure that you are receiving all possible documents from KIPO, make sure that KIPO’s email (email@example.com) and domain(kipo.go.kr) have been approved as safe addresses by your server. Also your email system must approve of KIPO’s password protected zip files. Any firewalls, quarantines, and spam filters blocking password protected zip files must be lifted in order ensure all of KIPO’s notifications are received in a timely manner.