1. KIM, HONG & ASSOCIATES opened a branch office in Daejun
Mr. Sung-ho SOHN, patent attorney, has taken up his duties as the head of the branch office. The branch office is located about 100 meters from the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO: Commissioner: Jung-sik KOH).
After Mr. SOHN passed the Technical Higher Civil Service Examination, he practiced for ten (10) years as a patent examiner in the Prime Mover machinery Examination Team, Automobile Examination Team, General Machinery Examination Team of KIPO and was promoted to practice as a judge. He retired from KIPO in November of this year.
2. KIPO expands the web service of patent information
KIPO announced that the web service of patent information provided by KIPO would be expanded, to support patent information to be used in connection with an inner system of a user, such as an individual, a company or a patent office, among others.
The web service is provided for the interaction between different computers in networks. When a user uses the web service, the user can use the patent information, the data homogeneity of which is secured, without building any additional database.
The expanded web service not only includes the information of applications, registrations and disclosures related to trials but also includes the valuable contents for a user to effectively manage the information of the user’s application and intellectual property right (for example, information not disclosed when the application is filed, information of official notices, and information of due dates, among others).
Furthermore, the server for the web service only is introduced to strengthen the security system in protecting information (such as the unpublished information or the like) and to provide the environments for smooth web service use.
3. The number of patent applications related to the Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) technology is rising
The WBAN technology is to support communication by wirelessly connecting digital devices placed on a human body or clothes, and the like. The number of patent applications related to the WBAN technology is actively increasing.
According to KIPO, the number of the WBAN-related patent applications was 22 in 2005, 40 in 2006, 51 in 2007 and 59 in 2008, with a steady increase every year.
The WBAN is used for medical and entertainment applications. The medical application is to measure physiological signals (such as blood sugar, brain waves, electrocardiogram and electromyogram), to wirelessly transmit the measured results for medical checkup. The entertainment application is to wirelessly connect the mobile information devices (such as MP3 player, game device, head set and mobile phone) on a human body.
As the results of survey, classified by applicants, universities and research facilities filed the most patent applications (with 46%), followed by Korean companies (33%), individuals (13%) and foreign applicants (8%). Efforts to develop the relevant technology are active, centering on the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), a Korean government-backed research institute, and the universities.
Classified by application fields, the WBAN for medical applications is about 70% of the total number of the WBAN-related applications and the WBAN for entertainment applications is about 30%.
4. The Republic of Korea holds 14% of the number of international patents related to mobile communications
The number of the international patents related to mobile communications and filed by the Republic of Korea and Japan is about a half of the total number of the world patents related to mobile communications.
According to the white paper, “Asia/Pacific Mobile Industry Observatory” issued by the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) association, the Korean international patent scale in the mobile communication industry is 14% of the world patents.
Japan holds 36% of the world patents for mobile communications. Therefore, analysis shows that half of the world’s mobile industry-related patents centers on the Asia/Pacific region, especially, the two countries of Korean and Japan.
Specifically, the white paper selected the Location Based Service (LBS) of SK Telecom, a Korean mobile communication business, among others, as an ‘innovative service’.
“SK Telecom provides a service for finding a friend, a service for finding the location of a child, a service for an emergency call for elderly people and a service of managing a vending machine using a wireless communication network, among others. These services have been approved as very innovative services even in advanced countries,” said a spokesperson of GSM association.