DAEJEON, Oct. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Virtual reality and augmented reality videos, as well as images expressed on websites, street walls and human bodies will be eligible to be registered as intellectual property (IP) in South Korea, the country’s patent office said Tuesday.
The Korea Intellectual Property Office announced that digitally-produced designs with various purposes and functions including medical information will be protected as intellectual property thanks to a revision of related laws, starting from Thursday.
Previously, such designs were able to be registered as IP only when they formed part of items.
Accordingly, the behaviors of using or sending registered digital designs or something similar online without permission would be considered as an infringement of IP rights.
In the meantime, if local businesses file their digital designs overseas within six months of submitting their application here, they can enjoy the benefit of claiming their South Korean filing date as the overseas filing date through the convention on the right of priority.
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