1. The Commissioners of the Patent Offices of three countries, the Republic of Korea, China and Japan, agreed to promote the intellectual property cooperation
The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO; (Commissioner: Jung-sik KOH) announced that the Patent Office Commissioners of the three countries, the Republic of Korea, China and Japan, had a meeting in Sofitel Hotel, Sinan, China and agreed to jointly promote the intellectual property cooperation with the ASEAN countries.
In the meeting, the Patent Office Commissioners of the three countries agreed to start a patent examination expert meeting for harmonization and unification of the Korea-China-Japan patent systems sometime next year. As the first project, they agreed to promote a joint comparison and research project of patent examination practical work.
In addition, in the meeting, they agreed, in principle, to open a meeting of the heads of the intellectual property training agencies of the three countries, a seminar relating to the design protection among the three countries and so on.
2. Foreign companies filed the 몀ost?Korean trademark applications in the electrical and electronic fields
The foreign companies, including the US and EU among others, actively filed Korean trademark applications focusing on the medical industry and the electrical and electronic fields.
According to KIPO, the total number of the Korean trademark applications which foreign applicants filed directly or through the Madrid international application system for the past three years was 118,655. Among these cases, the most trademark applications, 16,156 cases, were filed in the electrical and electronic fields, followed by 13,040 cases in the textile and apparel fields and 12,784 cases medical equipment, medicine and medical supply fields. From this, it can be seen that the filing of trademark applications in the high value businesses was high.
The order of the number of trademark applications in the service business fields is as follows: 5,645 cases were filed for company management and advertisement marketing, 5,135 for scientific technology research and development뷶esign, 4,906 for education뷵ulture, 2,578 for insurance뷹inance, 2,395 for construction뷹acilities, 2,177 for broadcasting뷵ommunication, and 1,439 for transportation븊ravel service.
Korean companies filed a total of 273,920 trademark applications during the same period. The fields where the filing of the trademark application was noticeable were food and drinks (with 51,787 cases), textile and apparel (with 37,670) and electrics and electronics (with 24,444). In the service business fields, 29,184 cases were filed for company management, 26,917 for food?accommodation, and 21,748 for education뷵ulture.
3. KIPO provides an integrated search service of information of intellectual property precedents
An integrated site has been established, where a user can search precedents of intellectual property disputes in the major advanced countries, such as the US, Japan and Germany, among others.
KIPO announced that they built the precedent database of intellectual property disputes in the advanced countries including the US, Japan, Europe, the Republic of Korea and China, among the others, and they would provide free service in the integrated service site of information of intellectual property precedents (www.ip-case.or.kr).
According to KIPO, the number of patent-related trial cases which have been raised by the major advanced countries against the Korean companies was 54 in 2006, 49 in 2007, 80 in 2008 and 100 as of the end of November in 2009, a steep increase.
Therefore, KIPO first provides the search service of a total of about 3,000 precedents including about 1,000 Korean precedents and about 850 foreign precedents, among others, in the high-tech fields where disputes occur at high frequency (semiconductors, displays, wireless communications, medicine and medical supplies, automobiles, shipbuilding).
In the integrated search site of information of intellectual property precedents, to assist a user in understanding and searching a foreign precedent, Korean translations of the main information (such as the title of a case, the name of the concerned parties and the like) and the summary of a precedent (such as a legal issue, a gist of the judgment and the like) are provided, with the original text. Further, various search functions (searches by legal issues, industrial techniques and the like) are provided, and an additional service (such as a terminology dictionary of international patent disputes) is provided.
4. 밚G뭩 counterattack?related to OLED
밚G OLED (tentatively named)?jointly financed by LG Electronics, LG Display and LG Chemical will be launched within the year if fast. LG OLED is a company specialized in managing patents related to the organic light-emitting diode (OLED).
This is interpreted as the LG group뭩 strategy to intensively promote the OLED as the next-generation growth power, by gathering/consolidating the OLED patents and technological power among the subsidiary companies of materials-panels-sets.
According to the relevant industries, the LG group, which recently announced the plan to acquire the OLED business of Eastman Kodak, has a plan to establish the expert company for managing the OLED patents, which will be jointly financed by the three subsidiary companies, within the year.
It is known that the three companies, LG Electronics, LG Display and LG Chemical, will jointly finance the share of 33.3% per company. However, since the property assessment of the OLED patents of Kodak is in process, any accurate capital has not been fixed.
It is a part presenting that a newly established corporation will positively go to expand the license business.