Intellectual Property Infringement Inspection Program (Type A)

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Intellectual Property Infringement Inspection Program (Type A)

What is Infringement Inspection?

  • As part of the market monitoring program for goods directly imported by domestic distributors, the purpose is to prevent the distribution of counterfeit goods through cooperation between intellectual property rights holders, distributors, and TIPA.
  • This program is available to both member and non-member companies.
  • Domestic distributors can use this program in the pre-distribution stage to prevent consumer disputes due to unintentional sales of counterfeit products.

How to apply

  • Distributors wishing to use this program should apply with the information below.
    • Application : pplicant information, target product information (brand/model/item/quantity), sales type
      ※ Application form :
    • Documents to be submitted : Documents proving the fact of overseas distribution and import
      (ex. Customs import declaration certificate, invoice, purchase receipt, etc.)
    • Contact
      Address : 6th floor, Korea Customs Society Building, 20 Eonju-ro 129-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (06104)
      E-mail : yi2613@e-tipa.org
      Tel : 02-3445-3761

Processing procedure

  • (Processing step) Check the list of requested products at the TIPA office, review risk factors for each brand and item to prepare for inspection, visit the site where the product is stored and inspect the product, and check the results. It proceeds in three steps to organize and notify the applicant.
  • (Processing period) It usually takes about 14 days to proceed with the 3rd step. However, depending on the quantity, it may take an additional 2-3 days. If the period is delayed due to unavoidable circumstances, the reason and required period will be closely discussed with the applicant.

Comparison of TIPA intellectual property infringement inspection types

Division Infringement inspection (Type A) Infringement diagnosis (Type B) Infringement confirmation (Type C)
Applicant Distributor
(member/non-member company)
Distributor
(member company/non-member company that has been pre-qualified)
Distributor
(member company)Import and export member companies
Checker TIPA TIPA TIPA
Target product Directly
imported goods from distributors (all)
Imported goods from distributors’ partners
(sample/transmission)
Imported goods other than distributors
and their partners (sample/transmission)
Inspection time before retail sale before retail sale after retail sale
Method of inspection
  • Application for inspection
    (distributor)
  • Sample photo shoot
    (TIPA)
  • Sample Appraisal
    (Intellectual Holder)
  • Total Inspection
    (TIPA)
  • - System Inspection
    - Visual Inspection
  • Application for diagnosis
    (distributor)
  • Diagnosis of Importer Infringement Risk Sample photo shoot
  • Sample photo shoot
    (TIPA)
  • Sample Appraisal
    (Intellectual Holder))
  • Comprehensive examination
    (IPA, limited to applicants who wish to apply)
  • - System Inspection
    - Visual Inspection
  • Application for diagnosis
    (consumer, etc.)
  • Acceptance of Goods
    (TIPA)
  • Photography
    (TIPA)
  • emotion
    (intellectual person)
  • Comprehensive examination
    (TIPA, limited to applicants who wish to apply)
  • - System Inspection
    - Visual Inspection
Follow up
  • Notification of evaluation result
    (TIPA→Applicant)
  • Confirmation of collection
    and disposal of infringing goods
    (intellectual right holder+TIPA)
  • Notification of evaluation result
    (TIPA→Applicant)
  • Confirmation of collection
    and disposal of infringing goods
    (intellectual right holder+TIPA)
  • Notification of evaluation result
    (TIPA→Applicant)
  • Confirmation of collection
    and disposal of infringing goods
    (intellectual right holder+TIPA)