KCTC provides general, patent, and safety deposit services.
The KCTC accepts bacteria, archaea, yeasts, filamentous fungi and microalgae that can be handled at Biosafety levels 1 and 2.
Strains sent for deposition in the general collection should have been used in work that has already been published or in preparations for publication. Strains deposited in this manner will be available to the international scientific community in both academic and industrial institutions only for research purposes.
General deposit is free of charge.
Please review your legal situation with regards to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol BEFORE beginning the deposit process. (CBD_Republic of Korea)
To protect the DEPOSITOR’s rights and to promote the utilization of biological resources in the field of microbiological research and development, a MATERIAL DEPOSIT AGREEMENT (MDA) should be concluded between the DEPOSITOR and KCTC.
The KCTC has accepted the deposit of patented microorganisms from South Korea and other countries since it was designated as a patented microorganism depositary institution by the Korean Intellectual Property Office in 1981. In addition, since the KCTC acquired the status of an international depositary authority for patented microorganisms from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) according to the Budapest Treaty in June 1990, the KCTC has implemented the deposit of international patent strains based on the Rules of the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure.
With the exception of some special cases, in the application of a patent related to microorganisms, patent microorganism should be deposited in an authorized microorganism deposit organization, and a certificate of deposit issued by the deposit organization should be submitted to the Korean Intellectual Property Office according to the Patent Act. The microorganism deposit organization verifies the survival of the deposited microorganism and stores it for a required period based on the regulations of the microorganism deposit.