What inventions cannot be patented in Korea?

Under the Korean Patent Act and KIPO’s Requirements for Patentability, the following are not patentable in Korea:

  • any invention detrimental to public order, morality or public health
  • scientific discoveries
  • inventions not based on the law of nature (e.g. laws of economics, mathematical methods, etc.)
  • arbitrary arrangements (e.g. rules for playing games)
  • mental activities
  • aesthetic effects (e.g. paintings, carvings)
  • animal and plant varieties
  • methods for medical treatment of the human body