1. KIPO held a public hearing for a final check of a revision bill of the Korean Patent Law
-The public hearing was opened by an internet live broadcast and real-time Q&A through SNS, etc.
The final public hearing regarding a partial revision bill of the Patent Law was held on both online and offline venues. The revision bill reflected a diversity of solutions to improve the Korean patent system including the new establishment of a system for requesting a patent cancellation and the improvement of a system for sharing a patent.
The revision bill reflecting 18 system improvement solutions including the introduction of the system for requesting a patent cancellation and the improvement of a system for sharing a patent had been pre-announced for legislation (for 40 days from March 19, 2015 through April 28, 2015).
In the final public hearing regarding the revision bill of the Patent Law, all system improvement solutions were classified into 3 sessions based on their features and comprehensive discussions were made during the sessions.
The subject of the first session was a system improvement bill to expedite the use of a patent, such as the improvement of a system for sharing a patent and the introduction of a system for protecting an unregistered non-exclusive license, etc.
The second session included a trial system improvement bill to strengthen patent protection and to prevent a long-term dispute.
The third session was intensively focused on an improvement bill of a patent quality surveillance system introduced to verify a patent and to strengthen patent protection.
2. KIPO is to find future promising technologies in patent big data
- KIPO fully started to build a blueprint for 2015 national patent strategies.
KIPO announced to discover the future promising technologies to secure original and core patents through a large-scale patent analysis of the 6 industrial fields (based on the production of information and communication media, displays, semiconductors, ground transportation, electricity, nuclear energy) and to fully carry forward a project to build a blueprint of national patent strategies (hereinafter, referred to as the ‘blueprint’) presenting the strategies to preoccupy patents.
This year, KIPO will additionally build a blueprint of the 6 industrial fields, to complete a first blueprint to patent strategies regarding all of the 18 industrial fields. To this end, in February 2015, KIPO has formed a strategy committee including about 60 top experts by field representing the government, private and academic world, to carry forward the 2015 project. KIPO also has completed a system to carry forward the project by selecting about 200 agencies to analyze patents. From last week, KIPO started a big run for the patent analysis for about 8 months through the kick-off by industrial fields.
KIPO’s plans are:
① to build an objective technological system directed to patents in 6 industrial fields (April~May),
② to deeply analyze various patent indicators such as emergence, promising, originality, etc., based on data of about 1,000,000 or more patents by industrial fields (May~September),
③ to establish preoccupying strategies at a national level by discovering future promising technologies in view of patents for future Korean foods (September~November), and
④ to announce the results at the end of this year through a future promising technology conference (November) and to publish a final report thereof (December).
3. KIPO has prepared a ‘medical device-patent classification connection table’ by matching types of medical devices to IPC
New classification standards are provided to produce medical device-related patent application and registration trends.
KIPO has divided all medical devices into 15 mid-classes and 80 small-classes and prepared a ‘medical device-patent classification connection table’ by matching each type of a medical device to the relevant international patent classification (IPC) by one to one.
The connection table is a classification basis made from the view point of the type of a medical device generally and commonly used in the medical industry to IPC. Since a connection chain is provided between the medical device industry and patent(s), medical device companies will be easily provided with information of the current state of patent application and registration by type of each medical device.
KIPO also published the medical device-related patent application and registration trend during the last 10 years (2005~2014) based on the medical device-patent classification connection table.
According to the KIPO’s publication, the number of the medical device-related patent applications filed during the last 10 years was 58,734, showing an annual average increase of 6.9%. The number of the relevant patent registrations was 28,559, showing an annual average increased of 8.2%. By mid-classes, the most applications and registrations were in the fields of medical stores/devices, operative and therapeutic devices, and auxiliary devices for treatment.
4. KIPO expedites an ‘open examination’, to prevent a patent from being early invalidated
- A ‘citizen participation open examination’ is positively carried forward after an open examination is tentatively operated in 9 consumer goods industrial fields.
From April to the end of this year, KIPO tentatively operates an open examination in the 9 consumer goods industrial fields (including the ground, refrigerating and air-conditioning, securing, shoes, electricity, LED lighting, functional foods, catalytic chemicals, thin transistors). Through the open examination, KIPO and the relevant industries jointly and cooperatively examine applications. From the next year, KIPO will carry forward the ‘citizen participation open examination’ to be fully operated in the all consumer goods industrial fields.
KIPO first selected the 9 consumer goods industrial fields having many trails for invalidation and information of non-patent documents as the fields for tentative operation of the open examination, considering the points that the relevant industries’ will of participation was high and the demand for use of examination on industrial site technology information was high.
Further, on- and off-line examination cooperation channels have been prepared for external experts to easily participate in the open examination. An ‘open examination council’ where applicants and industry-academy-institute cooperative experts participate has been formed. On a 2~3 month period, this council collects the relevant industries’ opinions regarding patent issues presented by examiners, to be used for examination. SNS is used as the on-line channel, to provide the information of a core technology of a patent to be discussed and to provide detailed information by e-mail if any further discussion is needed.