We revised Part I, Chapter II “Finding of the Design in an Application for Design Registration”, Part II, Chapter I “Industrially Applicable Design”, and Part III, “Exception to Lack of Novelty”. The revisions were deliberated at the Working Group on the Examination Guidelines for Design of the Design System Subcommittee under the Intellectual Property Policy Committee of the Industrial Structure Council (from December of 2016 to February of 2017). Then, after hearing opinions (from February to March of 2017), the revisions were amended based on those opinions.

The Revised Examination Guidelines for Design will be applied to applications for design registration to be examined on April 1, 2017 and after.