1. The number of Korean patent applications through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is 5th in the world rankings, with a rate of 5.7%
The number of the PCT international patent applications filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) was counted as 5th following the USA, Japan, Germany and China.
The number of the Korean applications recorded with PCT of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2011 was 10,447 (5.7%).
The rates of the PCT international patent applications of the other main countries are 26.7% for USA, 21.4% for Japan, 10.2% for Germany and 9.0% for China.
In comparison with 2010, the number of the applications filed in the Republic of Korea increased by 8.0%, whereas the numbers of the applications filed in China and Japan increased by 33.4% and 21.0%, extending the gaps between these countries and the Republic of Korea.
The Korean PCT patent applications were concentrated in the technology fields of digital communications (654 applications) and remote communications (610 applications). In addition, there were many technologies in electric machine/energy (504 applications) and audio/video (459 applications).
2. Analysis data of intellectual property (IP) right trend during the second quarter of 2012
The total number of the IP applications filed during the second quarter of 2012 was 98,684, showing an 8.2% increase in comparison with the same period in 2011. The number of the registered IP rights was 61,214, showing a 29.5% increase in comparison with the same period in 2011.
By rights, the number of the patent applications was 46,387 with an 8.2% increase in comparison with the same period in 2011, the number of the trademark applications was 32,596 with a 5.2% increase and the number of the design applications was 16,625 with an 18.1% increase.
By Korean and foreign applicants, the number of IP applications filed by Korean applicants was 83,423 with a 7.9% increase, and the number of applications filed by foreign applicants was 15,621 with a 9.9% increase, showing that the increase rate of the applications filed by foreigners was high.
By nations, the number of the applications filed by Chinese applicants was 602 with a 49.8% increase in comparison with the same period in 2011 and the number of the applications filed by Swiss applicants was 464 with a 38.9% increase, showing that these are major countries actively filing applications.
In view of the trial trend, the number of filing trials was 4,134 with a 52.0% increase in comparison with the same period in 2011. The number of the trials as settled was 4,047 with an 8.8% increase in comparison with the same period in 2011.
3. KIPO exports an IP e-learning content to India
- KIPO concluded a license agreement regarding an English “IP Panorama” with Reliance Industries.
KIPO and Reliance Industries included a license agreement regarding the use of the “IP Panorama (Intellectual Property Panorama Multimedia Toolkit)” which is an IP e-learning content.
The IP Panorama which is the e-learning content handling IP practical use strategies in business sites was jointly developed by KIPO and WIPO from 2007 to 2010.
Unlike the existing contents focusing on legal and theoretical matters, the IP Panorama solves the IP practical use strategies (such as the use of patent information, licensing, e-commerce, etc.) which are useful in actual business work, using various animation characters and a story telling manner. Therefore, the IP Panorama has an advantage that anyone can easily learn, having fun.
KIPO has provided the IP Panorama content, without any fee, through the website (http://global.ipacademy.net) for the purpose of improving the global IP understanding. As Reliance Industries, an Indian company, requested a special license for its staff education, KIPO concluded the agreement for USD 8,000.
4. A technology big market with Korean wave will be open in Silicon Valley, USA
The Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) will hold a “K-Tech” event for two days (November 4 and 5) in Silicon Valley in USA, jointly with a Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) and Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). This is a first large scale venture event in a foreign location. Technology startup and venture will introduce services, ideas and products to global information and communications technology (ICT) companies.
The worldwide ICT companies will be invited in ten (10) north American trade museums including Silicon Valley. The event will consist of a conference, job fair for talented people, startup competitive exhibition and mentoring program. A manpower job fair held in Silicon Valley which is a startup and venture hub is expected to prepare a foundation for Korean companies to grow into multinational companies.
The global K-startup program which is hosted by the Korea Communications Commission and Korea internet and Security Agency is considered as playing a role for the Korean wave in technology. Thirty (30) teams were selected at the end of March this year. Among them, thirteen (13) teams presented business startup and six (6) teams presented services. When five (5) teams are appointed next month, they will provide an information session for investment promotion and an opportunity for a foreign venture capital and networking to local investors in London, England and Silicon Valley, USA.