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The intellectual property (IP) strategies of three northeast Asia countries are presented in one place (News Letter No.198)



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1. The intellectual property (IP) strategies of three northeast Asia countries are presented in one place

- The first symposium for Korea-China-Japan National Intellectual Property Strategies was held in Seoul, Korea

This symposium provided an opportunity to hear the national IP strategies and private company뭩 IP strategies of the three countries, the Republic of Korea, China and Japan, in one place.

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO, Commissioner: Soo-won LEE) announced that the symposium for Korea-China-Japan National IP Strategies was held at InterContinental Grand Seoul Hotel located in Samsung-dong, Gangnam-ku, Seoul, Korea. KIPO, the State Intellectual Property of P.R. China (SIPPRC) and Japanese Patent Office (JPO) took part in the symposium.

In this symposium, KIPO, SIPPRC and JPO and the companies from each of these countries including 멣amsung Corning?and 밐onda? among the others, shared the experiences during the process of establishing and promoting the national IP strategies and compared and discussed the IP strategies of each company.

Since 2000s, the major countries, such as the US, Japan and China, have promoted the governmental IP strategies and established and implemented the fundamental plans for the IP strategies by agencies to promote IP strategies.

The Korean Government also has established the 멗P strategy planning organization?in the Prime Minister뭩 Office and operated the 멗P policy conference? The Korean Government has made the governmental efforts to build a powerful nation in IP, aiming for the establishment of the 멗P fundamental law?and the 멗P fundamental plan?in this year.

According to the IP policy basis of the three countries, this symposium was agreed in the meeting of the Commissioners for KIPO, SIPPRC and JPO held in December, last year.

2. The Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has developed a 몁ew optical receiving device? which has the highest performance in the world

ETRI announced that they have succeeded in the development of a new optical receiving device of 100% germanium-on-silicon, with the highest performance in the world. ETRI conducted a 10Gbps transmission test in a communication wavelength of 1,550 nm, by using the new device as developed. As a result of the test, ETRI confirmed that the receive sensitivity reaches -18.5dBm.

This is over the receive sensitivity of -18.0dBm of the foreign advanced companies?products at the same conditions.

Specifically, in a test at a communication wavelength of 850nm, the receive sensitivity is -15.0dBm, achieving a world record (exiting record of -13.6dBm).

Therefore, ETRI has succeeded in localizing the core technology of the world top performance capable of the future computer, the next generation network and data optical communication.

Furthermore, whereas a conventional optical receiving device is based on an expensive compound semiconductor material, the newly developed device is based on inexpensive silicon. Thus, ETRI expects the ripple effect to be very great.

Three international patent applications relating to this new device have been filed. The relevant technology will be shown in an international exhibition to be held in this September, in Torino, Italy.

3. The Republic of Korea is 3rd in ranking in the number of US patent applications related to a new & renewable energy secondary battery

The number of the secondary battery-related patent applications registered by the Republic of Korea is 3rd in ranking, following Japan and the US. Specifically, as a result of a search, the Korean technology has been greatly improved in both quantitative and qualitative respects for about the last year.

According to the presentation data, 멒reen Energy Technology Index (GETI): Secondary Battery Field?published in 멣mart-battery뷖ell Forum 2010?held in COEX, Japan has the most US patent applications in the field of a secondary battery. The number of the patent applications by Japan is a total of 2,206, reaching a patent rate of 66%.

The Republic of Korea with a total of 463 patent applications (13%) holds third place following the US with a total of 679 patent applications (19%). Specially, during the period from March to December, 2009, the Republic of Korea increased by 71 patent applications. Therefore, the Republic of Korea was behind Japan increasing by 128 patent applications but was the same as the US increasing by 71 patent applications. Accordingly, the Korean technological power is considered as having been recently greatly improved. For this reason, the Republic of Korea has been for the first time in second place with respect to the GETI, beating out the US. In the second battery field, the Republic of Korea, the US and Japan hold 94% of the US patent applications, leading the world market.

By companies, Japanese companies?endeavors were remarkable. Panasonic ranked 1st with 357 cases, followed by Sanyo Electric, the world top company of producing secondary batteries, with 334. In addition, the seven Japanese companies including Sony (with 288 cases), Toshiba (with 104 cases) and Canon (with 77 cases), among others, were in the top ten in ranking. Samsung SDI as a Korean company ranked 3rd with 308 cases, and LG Chem., which was 14th last year, ranked 9th by increasing the number of patent applications to 70 cases. The Republic of Korea quantitatively grew in comparison with 2009, by increasing the number of patent applications from 200 to 299. Furthermore, the number of the patent applications graded as the S-grade, the top grade, increased from 70 to 99. Therefore, a number of high-level techniques have been developed by the Republic of Korea.

4. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed the technology of high-speedily forming bone mineral

KAIST announced that a team led by Prof. Hae-sin LEE (37) of the Chemistry Dept. and Prof. Chan-beom PARK (41) of the New Material Engineering Dept. has succeeded in the development of the original technology to form a mineral element of bone at high speed, by imitating an adhesion phenomena of a mussel.

The highest calcium element in bone comprises calcium phosphate. A crystal of calcium phosphate has a limit of growing only on the surface of a specific substance. However, the research team has developed the technology making it possible for the crystal of calcium phosphate to easily grow in any place.

In addition, the research team confirmed that bone mineral is easily formed inside the 3-dimentional porous substance, such as polyester fiber, nylon, cellulose or the like which cannot be coated by conventional technology.

Prof. Shin said, 뱓he results of this research can not only regenerate an artificial bone but also be used in various fields, such as material for the next generation dental implant.

The results of the relevant research was published in the online edition dated September 9, 2010, 멇dvance Function Materials?which is an internationally well-known academic journal related to the material field, issued in Germany.  


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