‘Trade Dress’ and ‘Ideas’ are subject to Protection in South Korea
The National Assembly of Korea revised the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act (hereinafter abbreviated as ‘UCPTA’) and the Trademark Act on April 17, 2018. The revision at issue does not touch on the Patent Act, the Utility Model Act, the Design Protection Act, or the Copyright Act significantly. The revision, however, touches on UCPTA and the Trademark Act. The major features are and under UCPTA and under the Trademark Act. The details are stated below.
1. Revision of the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act
2. Revision of the Trademark Act: relaxing the requirement for applying for the registration of collective marks with geographical indications