1. Examination information of the Patent Offices of five (5) advanced countries in intellectual properties is available by one-click search
- KIPO will open a search service for examination progress information in 2015.
The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced that it would open the One Portal Dossier (OPD) starting March 2015. OPD enables Korean people to search, at once, the IP examination progress information of the European Patent Office (EPO), the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China which are advanced in IP.
OPD’s system development has been completed in December 2014. OPD will formally start in March 2015 through a compatibility test with the foreign Patent Offices. Through the same services, anyone can view, in one site, the documents from the step of filing an application to the step of registering the application. That is, a user can view not only the patent applications filed with EPO, USPTO, JPO and SIPO but also the patent applications cross-filed with these Patent Offices and the written decisions to register the patent applications.
Prior to OPD, since a search of the examination progress of an application had to be separately made at each Patent Office website, i.e., EPO, USPTO, JPO and SIPO, this search was difficult and inconvenient especially since the Korean language is not supported at these websites.
Under OPD, when a user inputs only an application number without any authentication procedures like a certificate or log-in, it is possible to search, on one screen, the information of the relevant case from EPO, USPTO, JPO and SIPO. The examination progress information which the user wants will be configured to be downloaded by an electronic file.
2. KIPO held a presentation meeting for 2014 BM Patent
KIPO held a presentation meeting for 2014 BM patent on December 16, 2014.
The presentation meeting for Business Method (BM) Patent is to provide clear understanding and information of BM patents. Video games have formed a greater part of the world game industry. However, the Korean game industry is focused on mobile games. Korean companies are reported as leading in patent applications in the online and mobile game field. A chief of the Patent Examination Policy Bureau said, “[W]e hope this presentation meeting to be an opportunity to specifically think and share opinions about a plan to develop the Korean game industry’s own technical skills as differentiated competitiveness.”
3. The Republic of Korea is 4th in a rank of filing patent applications and 3rd in a rank of filing design applications
According to the ‘2014 World Intellectual Property Indicator’ published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under the UN, the Republic of Korea shows a 8.3% increase in filing patent applications, 10.2% increase in filing trademark applications and a 7% increase in filing design applications, compared with 2013. These increases greatly exceed the increase rates in the whole world applications (9% in patent applications, 6.4% in trademark applications and 2.5% in design applications).
The number of patent applications has for the first time passed 200,000, keeping a 4th place in the world ranking following China, US and Japan. A high increase rate of 8.3% in comparison with the previous year is the second highest rate of increase following China (26.4 % increase among the top ten (10) countries.
In the number of design applications, about 70,000, showing a 7% increase in comparison with the previous year, the Republic of Korea has kept a 3rd place as the same as the previous year. This increase rate highly exceeding 2.5%, the world average increase rate, is the third highest rate following Turkey (10.3% increase) and US (9.9% increase).
Through this Indicator, WIPO published that the amount of IP applications filed by each country in the world reflected the economic state of each country and the number of the applications filed by China, US and the Republic of Korea increased while the number of the applications filed by Japan and European countries decreased.
4. KIPO presented the strategies for 3D printing- and smart car-related patent disputes
- KIPO published a roadmap of counterstrategies for overseas patent disputes
Predicting overseas patent disputes concerning 3D printing and smart car fields, KIPO published a roadmap of counterstrategies for overseas patent disputes.
This is the first published roadmap built for the 3D printing field having a high possibility of disputes to be instituted by overseas leading companies and for the smart car field where disputes frequently occurs by a patent troll (non-practicing entity, NPE) as both has fastest grown as future targeting industries.
In this roadmap, an analysis method specialized in patent disputes is used to specify the prediction of a patent dispute. This roadmap analyzes patent disputes in three dimensions by analyzing the trends of M&A and patent purchase among major companies, the patent portfolios of patent trolls (NPE), the distribution of patents being the targets of trials, etc. Further, this roadmap deeply analyzes issued dispute cases, to draw the counterstrategies.
In the 3D printing field, the overseas leading companies (such as 3D Systems, Stratasys, etc.) have expanded patent portfolios through M&A, etc. As the number of disputes has greatly increased since the mid 2000s, counterstrategies thereto are needed. Additionally, in the smart car field, as the patent trolls (NPE) (such as American Vehicular Sciences, Beacon Navigation, etc.) has actively conducted patent purchases and litigation activities, it is considered that countermeasures to the risk of disputes are urgent.