1. A way for the future growth power is sought in patents
The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the Korean Intellectual Property Office published the results of analyzing patents in the future growth power field.
100,000 Korean, US, Japanese and EU patents regarding the core technologies as the future growth power in the thirteen (13) fields have been analyzed.
The technology competition of the future growth power is high but Korean technological competitiveness is of a middle level.
- The technological competitiveness in seven (7) fields including 5G mobile communications, intelligent Internet of Things, etc. is promising.
- The Republic of Korea has an excellent competitiveness in the wearable smart devices and tangible content fields.
This patent analysis, analyzing the competitiveness by the future growth power fields and to reflect the analysis results in policies, has resulted from selectively analyzing about 100,000 patent applications filed in four (4) countries, Korea, US, Japan and EU, for the last twelve (12) years.
In the analysis, core technologies and analysis index have been selected by fields and the technological competitiveness (importance) with Korean competitiveness by fields analyzed in the view of patents.
As for the patent share, the Republic of Korea (22.4%) has been a 3rd place in world rank in the number of patent applications, following US (29.8%), Japan (28.8%). So, the Republic of Korea is considered as having kept up with the advanced countries in a quantitative scale.
2. The number of Korean companies?IP rights registered in the Chinese Customs tends to increase
KIPO and the Office of Customs Administration (OCA) opened a 2nd council of policy, to protect IP rights in the Daejeon Government Complex. As a result of the cooperation between KIPO and OCA to protect K-brands, the number of Korean companies which have registered the IP rights, such as trademarks, etc., with the Chinese Customs increased in 2015.
The number of Korean companies?IP cases registered with the Chinese Customs as of the end of June, 2015 was 172. Among these, 28 (11 companies) cases were newly registered in this year, showing an increase of 2.3 times in comparison with 24 cases, the annual average number of cases registered.
The state of the annual number of the cases registered with the Chinese Customs was:
16 in 2012 ?17 in 2013 ?39 in 2014 ?28 in June 2015
According to the General Administration of Customs of the People뭩 Republic of China, more than 99% of freight which was attached by the Chinese Customs in doubt of IP infringement was made by the control of ex officio measures of the Customs based on the registered rights. To protect IP rights, it is very important to register IP rights with the Chinese Customs.
3. Korean R&D has been active regarding a technology of avoiding a drone crash
As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, has rapidly increased, a collision of a drone and a building or air installation and even more so a collision with a passenger plane are of concern and therefore a social demand for the safe operation of a drone has increased. Accordingly, interest has heightened in a technology for avoiding a drone crash.
According to KIPO, the number of the patent applications related to the technology of avoiding a drone crash was only 8 during the past three years (2009~2011) but it rapidly increased to 21 for the last three years (2012~2014) when the popularization of drones accelerated, reaching an increase rate of 163% in the number of the relevant applications as filed. About 70% of these patent applications were filed by Korean research staff, showing that the Korean technological development of the technology for avoiding a drone crash, which is one of the next generation core technologies in the unmanned aerial vehicle field, has been actively conducted.
To expand the use of drones which has been rapidly increasing, it is essential to secure the safety reliability on the level of manned aerial vehicles upon flight and this is enabled by technology to avoid a drone crash. The technology of avoiding a drone crash is divided into a ground based technology of avoiding a drone crash and an air borne based technology of avoiding a drone crash. The former is to detect and avoid a crash by a pilot who observes a flight vehicle through a screen or radar on the ground. The latter is to detect and avoid a crash by a sensor which is mounted on the drone itself without any help from the ground.
In the technology of avoiding a drone crash, the number of the relevant patent applications filed in the US during the last ten years was 123, leading the relevant technological innovation. In the US, 38 relevant patent applications were filed during the past three years (2009~2011) and 40 were filed during the last three years (2012~2014), showing a steady filing of the applications. In comparison, a rapid increase in the number of the relevant patent applications filed in Korea is encouraging.
4. The number of patent applications for a digital forensic technology has increased
According to KIPO, the number of patent applications for digital identification-related technology filed since 2001 to 2014 totaled 135. An average of 3 applications were filed per year by 2006 but the number has sharply increased to 15 applications yearly since 2007.
Such a current state of these patent applications is considered as reflecting the trends that the use of digital identification has been expanded not only to first-line investigation agencies but also to relevant agencies or private companies and the size of the domestic and overseas relevant markets has been rapidly grown.
By objects of digital identification, 46% is the applications for computer and server, 33% for mobile and embedded, 18% for internet and network, and 3% for database. The number of the relevant applications for computer and server decreased over the last four years, whereas the number of the relevant applications for mobile and embedded rapidly increased. This is considered as reflecting the trend that the importance of mobile identification has increased due to the popularization of mobile devices, such as smart phones, etc.
The major technologies of these patent applications include a technology of collecting data to be evidence/proof from original data, a technology of searching and analyzing collected data, and a technology of restoring deleted data. Further, a technology of finding evidence of offences from cloud computing and big data according to the recent information technology trend has been filed. Typical examples of an object of identification are the information included in the social network service (SNS), such as Facebook, Twitter, KakaoStory, etc.