KIPO is empowered with
“Special judicial police authority for trademark rights”
to enforce the crackdown and the punishment on infringing goods
As KIPO have introduced and performed the task of “Special judicial police authority for trademark rights” to reinforce the crackdown and the punishment on the production, distribution and sale of increasing counterfeit goods since last August, they held the ceremony for launching “special judicial police force for trademark rights, disclosing that they would enforce the crackdown to eradicate the distribution of the forged goods.
KIPO’s former activities for the crackdown on counterfeit goods mainly consist of administrative guidance like a rectification advice after catching distributed counterfeit goods with local autonomous entity. However, as KIPO is given special jurisdiction police authority and accordingly, the trademarkrightspolice directly arrest counterfeiters who manufacture, distribute and sell counterfeit goods and forward them to the prosecution for a criminal penalty, it is expected that KIPO’s crackdown on the counterfeiters will be reinforced.
Although we are proud of the intellectual property power being ranked 4th in terms of the number of filing applications for intellectual property rights, according to the national competitiveness report by Swiss IMD (International Institute for Management Development released last May, the intellectual property protection level of Korea was ranked 32ed out of 58 countries, making the statement “Korea’s reputation as the intellectual property power” sound absurd.
As a result of KIPO’s effort for pursuing the introduction of special judicial police system to reinforce their crackdown on the counterfeit goods, the related bill, which gives KIPO the special judicial police authority, passed the National Assembly last April 27th. Accordingly, as KIPO’s agents cracking down the counterfeit goods are appointed as the special judicial police for trademark rights, they started their activities for the crackdown in earnest as of September.
KIPO announced that they would strongly crack down on counterfeit goods being sold through online shopping malls by closing down the sales sites, arresting the dealers in counterfeit goods by tracking their IP address and forwarding them to the prosecution.