Thank you for your interest in our service for Korean patent applications.

What Services Does Meta IP Offer?

  1. Patent Search Services – Provides a comprehensive patent search using IP search systems and human expertise.
  2. Patent Application and Registration Service – We offer a wide range of services from the entire cycle of patents, drafts of patent application specifications to the maintenance of issued patents.
  3. National Phase Entries in Korea of PCT Applications – We offer affordable and satisfactory fees including a translation fee.

The Benefits of Entrusting Us Are:

We have an inside understanding of the patent examination process. We are able to translate technical documents including English specifications while meeting the needs and requirements of examiners. Furthermore, we also possess unwritten strategies and techniques to maximize your ability to get a patent in the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

Our frequent visits to the Korean Intellectual Property Office allow for swift and effective face-to-face communications with patent examiners (even though they are temporarily unable to meet offline due to COVID-19). In addition, it also allows us to have the access to their search facilities. Using accessibility and connections with former patent examiners and their advice that is hardly accessible anywhere else, the results are more comprehensive.

Are you interested in Korean PCT National Phase Applications?

1. Regarding considerations before application
2. Regarding required documents
3. Regarding national phase entry
4. Regarding examination procedures
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Why Pay Attention to Patents?

Patents do not need to be filed.  Our company has nothing to do with patents.  Patents are a problem for large companies, and our company has not grown enough to have problems with patents.  Even if a patent is needed, it is preferable to file a patent as cheaply as possible because it is only a cost rather than a benefit.  Our company has a lot of patents, so there is no problem.  Somewhat vague, but our company’s products seem to not infringe on competitors’ patents.  Even if you have a patent, you will be able to make money.  If you have a patent, you succeed in your business.  It succeeds in business without a patent.

The sentences above are a major misconception about patents.  Are you misunderstanding this?

Doing Business Without a Patent Is Like Living in a Roofless House

Capitalism’s market economy is essentially a competitive pursuit, so the state punishes it in the event of a monopoly.  The only exception is the patent system.  If the order of the patent system is challenged, the state will punish it for its replacement. There are hundreds of billions won in annual sales and hundreds of employees, but if you do business without a patent, you may one day be subject to a patent-based ban on the production and a ban on sales. In particular, companies developing cutting-edge technology, which are not prepared for patents are living in roofless homes where typhoons can bring down heavy rains and strong winds.

What Are the Advantages of Filing a Patent Application?

Preemptive and secure blue ocean – By securing patent rights and utility model rights first, we can preempt the blue ocean by forming a barrier to market entry. When many companies try to launch differentiated products at a high cost of research and development and enjoy the blue ocean for a significant period of time if they do not acquire a patent for that differentiated product, their competitors quickly follow the company with a free ride, and the blue ocean soon becomes a red ocean.  

Leading companies use them as weapons – leading innovators can charge successor companies a penalty to reduce their competitiveness or to withdraw from the market through infringement litigation. Even if a leading company does not achieve this goal, it can put the image of a copycat on the latter company, and by forcing the successor company to avoid infringing on the patents of the holding of the leading companies, it can relieve the burden of research expenditure, delayed-release, and increased costs.

Passthrough of market barriers, corporate survival – successor companies can break through market entry barriers by securing new patents that are difficult for leading companies to avoid and negotiate with leading companies.  According to the Intellectual Property Research Institute, if a startup has intellectual property rights, the rate of closure was low.  Not having intellectual property rights is a way to expose a company closure.

Enhancing corporate value, signs of technology companies – can be used to increase corporate assets while gaining a competitive advantage and demonstrating the technical skills for bidding and ordering such as construction. The technology protected in the form of a patent right is easier to objectively evaluate, so it is also possible to execute a loan as collateral.  The value of objectively evaluated technology is incorporated into the company’s non-body property rights, which makes it an advantageous factor in the valuation of the company.