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The number of customers using the IP customer consultation center passed 10,000,000 (population 52,000,000)(News Letter No. 406)



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1. The number of customers using the IP customer consultation center passed 10,000,000 (population 52,000,000)

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) published the number of customers using the IP customer consultation center. It is an outcome in just seventeen (17) years since the consultation center was opened in March 3, 2002.

The IP customer consultation center has supported people to easily and conveniently obtaining an IP right, by providing high-quality consultation services of the overall IP administration processes, from making an application for a patent, trademark or design, examination, trial, registration and to payment of the official fees.

The scale of the IP customer consultation center and the number of cases using the same have greatly increased. The number of cases using the consultation center was only about 500 per day in the beginning with only twenty-four (24) consultants, however, at present fifty-four (54) consultants handle about 2,500 consultation requests every day.

The IP customer consultation center provides diverse consultation services to satisfy customers?requests, through a phone consultation reservation service (in which when a customer makes a reservation for consultation through a representative phone, a consultant calls the customer to provide consultation) and a chatting consultation service using a PC remote support service (in which a consultant directly solves an error or other problems. in electronically filing an application, by sharing the screen of the customer).

2. KIPO eradicates IP infringement crime

- The special judicial police for patent, trade secret, design starts.

KIPO investigates directly patent, trade secret and design infringement crimes, to eradicate IP infringement crimes which interrupt the realization of innovation growth and a fair economy.

According to KIPO, the 멿aw on a person who performs a judicial police officer뭩 duties and the call of duty?(Law on the duties by judicial police officers) has been enforced from March 19, 2019, to assign a KIPO crackdown public official the investigation power for patent, trade secret and deign infringement crimes. Accordingly, the work scope of the special judicial police under KIPO, which would investigate only the crimes of trademark infringement called 밼ake? has greatly expanded.

The special judicial police system is an administrative agency which assigns an administrative official a legal authority, so that the administrative official is able to directly investigate a crime in his professional field or a specific space that s(he) can more efficiently process rather than a general police official.

A high expertise of the IP laws is required to judge whether a patent, trade secret or design is being infringed. Further, without any professional knowledge in the relevant technology, it is hard to properly make a decision on infringement of a trade secret and to properly understand the reported content thereof. Therefore, it is necessary to have an expert pool in various technical fields to solve patent and trade secret cases.

3. The patent examination system is improved to protect innovation technology in the bio health field

- An opportunity expands to protect the patent of a customized precision medical technology.

Moving with the 4th industrial revolution, KIPO has operated from March 18, 2019 a revised plan to examination standards for patent븋tility model applications with the major content allowing the customized medicine and digital diagnosis technologies to be patented and clarifying the standards to allow patents to the technology related to the development of intelligent new drugs.

Previously, even though a target medicine with a significant treatment effect in a cancer patient having a specific gene only was developed, it was difficult for the medicine to be patented if any prior art having the same ingredient(s) for the same target disease(s) exists.

However, according to the revised plan, an invention to find a group of patients, which have high sensitivity to a particular drug, by using bio big data such as gene information, is patentable. Further, even though a medicine has the same ingredient(s) to treat the same disease(s), if it is confirmed that the medicine has a specific effect in a group of particular patients only, the medicine is patentable.

Further, although it is a principle that a method of diagnosing a body cannot be patented since it falls under a medical action, the diagnosis technology corresponding to an information processing method on a computer, such as a bio big data processing method, etc., can be protected as a patent, by clarifying that such diagnosis technology does not fall under a medical action unless it is conducted by a medical personnel.

Meanwhile, no standards were established to determine whether the innovation technology combining the bio-big data-AI technology, such as an intelligent new drug development, as a computer invention or a medicine invention, it was difficult to predict whether such technology was patentable.

However, now a method of searching a new drug by using AI is classified as a computer software invention, to be applied with the examination standards of a computer invention. In addition, for a new drug which is developed by using AI, it is required that a preparation method or medicinal effect should be described in an application, like a compound invention.

4. KIPO-WIPO jointly operate a online IP education course

- Strategies to use IP in a business field are educated.

KIPO and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) jointly operate an 멇dvanced International Certificate Course (AICC)?which is an international IP education course.

Anyone that wants to take this course which is an online education using the 멗P Panorama?may apply at an IP learning site (http://www.ipdiscovery.net) by April 26, 2019, to participate in a class. The students getting excellent results in the online course will be invited to a lecture of the worldwide famous great scholars in the IP field, which will be held in November in Seoul.

멗P Panorama?is an IP education content developed by KIPO, WIPO and Korea Invention Promotion Association (KIPA) together. This program easily introduces IP using strategies focused on the cases in business fields.



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