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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Affairs

Intellectual property rights is a general term describing rights over intangible goods obtained as a result of human's mental activities, including patent rights, utility patent rights, design rights, trademark rights, copyright, computer programs, and trade secrets. With the development of information technology in the 21st century, the scope of intellectual property is increasingly expanding. Its value and importance as a strategic means of international competitiveness is growing.

Procedures for applying and registering for patents

[Intellectual property application and registration flowchart]

Fill out an invention report form → register invention report form → invention consultation, conduct search for prior technology → invention evaluation deliberation committee → notification of the decision regarding invention transfer rating → fill out patent specification form → complete/report patent application → handle intermediate action → patent registration → maintain rights

  1. 1) Inventors should fill out required documents in the intellectual property management system. (http://ysis.yonsei.ac.kr)
  2. 2) UIF evaluates the application and decides whether to transfer invention through invention evaluation
  3. 3) When it is decided to transfer, UIF (technology transfer center) applies for a patent from the Patent Office or relevant institution, and proceeds with registration and maintenance
  4. 4) Patents which the university decides to approve are registered in the technology transfer database and processed according to technology transfer business procedures.

Support System (Policy for patent support through invention evaluation)

  1. 1) Subject for invention evaluation : All cases of inventions at Yonsei University
  2. 2) Invention evaluation process (2nd stage process) : Patent review committee is opened in each stage to perform evaluation
    • 1st stage: decide whether to transfer invention, select candidates for domestic registration, international registration (evaluation held twice a month)
    • 2nd stage: decide whether to register internationally (evaluation held once per quarter)
    • Objection or appeal: when there is objection to evaluation results, they are reviewed by the intellectual property review committee (held twice a year)
  3. 3) Invention evaluation categories
    • Technology and marketability (considering the possibility for technology transfer within a short time)
    • Policies of the technology transfer center (considering technology transfer record, contribution to indirect funds, and UIF patent budget)
  4. 4) Differential patent fee support according to invention evaluation grading
    Differential patent fee support according to invention evaluation grading
    Evaluation gradeSupport details

    PCT and three countries (application and registration fee support)

    Domestic application, intermediate handling, registration (3rd year)


    PCT or one country application Domestic application, intermediate handling,

    registration (3rd year)


    Domestic application, intermediate handling, registration (3rd year)

    CDomestic application
    WInvention not successful
  5. 5) Important Reminders
    • It takes approximately 60 days from submitting an invention report to patent application
    • When an urgent application is inevitable, the application is processed and UIF pays the expenses but waives the application fee.

Related regulation

Regulations regarding intellectual property management