If you file an international PCT application in English, all correspondence from KIPO will be in English. You will not have to translate them into English.
The International Search Report itself is delivered by mail to you. For your convenience, you can download a copy of each document cited in the International Search Report on the KIPO English web site.
The KIPRIS web site (http://www.kipris.or.kr/enghome/main.jsp) provides free English abstracts called KPA(Korean Patent Abstract) for Korean patent applications published in or after January 2000, or for registered Korean patents from January 1979.
KIPRIS offers KPA, K2E-PAT and Free-machine-translation, total 3 different versions of English translation service.
First, KPA means Korea Patent Abstract.
KPA’s accuracy is relatively fine, because it is translated by humans.
However, it’s difficult to check claims or other details, because its translation range is only abstract of examined or unexamined publication.
K2E-PAT and free-machine-translation are machine translation services using a translation engine specialized in patent fields.
They offer more precise patent translation services than general machine translations. K2E-PAT and free-machine-translation are different when it comes to fee, accurate, translations, and detailed is images.
K2E-PAT charges for the use of their service, but usage of free-machine-translation is free.
And K2E-PAT’s dictionary has more words and sentence pattern than free-machine-translation, so K2E PAT offers more accurate translation service.
In addition, K2E-PAT offers pdf file including the patent’s full image, but the free-machine-translation offers pdf files with only the patent’s representative image.
An English abstract of Japanese patent document can be found on the following web site.
You can select either amendment under PCT Article 19 or amendment under PCT Article 34.
For amendment under PCT Article 19, you can amend only once for claims within a time limit of 2 months from the mailing date of the ISR and WO or 16 months from the earliest priority date, whichever comes later. The amendment should be filed to the International Bureau and there is no fee. There is no subsequent examination process after your amendment in this option. By doing this, you can have the effect of amending claims in every contracting States at once. That is, you can avoid repetition of the same amendment for claims in each country in the national/regional stage.
If you want a positive opinion from the examiner, amendment under PCT Article 34 is what you can try. This is called either Demand filing or International Preliminary Examination, and it costs money. You can amend all parts of your application including description, claims, and drawings. Multiple amendments are possible before the International Preliminary Examination Report is established. Time limit for Demand filing is (i) three months from the date of transmittal of the ISR and the WO; or (ii) 22 months from the earliest priority date, whichever comes later. The Demand should be submitted to the competent IPEA directly.