1. The Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI; President: Mun-kee CHOI) announced, “no further use of a phone opened in another person’s name and an end to hacking.”
The mobile Trusted Platform Module (mTPM) is developed to prevent certain cyber crime actions of using copy phones, phones opened in another person’s name and twin phones, or hacking by stealing passwords or the like.
ETRI announced that it developed the ‘mTPM chip’ to safely store and protect the password and digital certificate for wireless internet.
According to the explanation from ETRI, the chip works in a mobile phone, a mobile communication base station, or the like, thereby improving both wireless internet security and reliability. When the Module is used in a computer, or the like, there is an increase in the reliability of personal information protection for e-commerce and the level of protection against hackers.
ETRI filed 60 patent applications for the related techniques at home and abroad. The products for commercialization will be in markets around the end of this year.
“The mTPM technology safely manages a password or the like, to improve the reliability of communication service and to prevent hacking of a terminal software,” said Sung-eek JUN, a leader of ETRI wireless security application research team.
2. Patent applications filed by Korean applicants will be examined in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) within 2-3 months.
The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO; Commissioner: Jung-sik KOH) announced that an agreement to tentatively operate the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with CIPO has been reached. Under the PPH, when the same application is filed with both KIPO and CIPO and the application is decided to be registrable as a patent in any one country, it is promptly examined in the other country within 2-3 months to determine whether it is registrable, using the decision made in the first country.
Before the PPH was put into operation, it would take 20 months, on average, until a decision on a foreign application filed by a Korean applicant would be considered registrable, regardless of its Korean patent registration.
KIPO has been fully operating the PPH with the Japanese Patent Office (since April, 2008) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (since January, 2009). KIPO also has agreed to operate the PPH trial program with the Danish Patent and Trademark Office.
A spokesman of KIPO said, “[W]hether to fully operate the PPH (with CIPO) will be decided after analyzing the results of the PPH trial operation after 1 year. KIPO plans to promote the PPH with Russia, Germany and the United Kingdom in the future. The PPH will be very helpful in solving the patent examination backlog and obtaining earlier patents in each country.”
3. KIPO has opened a patent trade information center.
KIPO announced that the patent trade information center (PTIC) for supporting professional consultation and diverse information regarding patent technology trade has opened in the Korean Knowledge Center located in Yoksam-dong, Seoul, Korea. The PTIC has a patent distribution counselor office, a permanent display space and an intellectual property special library. The patent distribution counselor office supports professional consultation regarding technology transfer and commercialization, which is provided to a user and a supplier of excellent patent technology.
In the permanent display space, people are able to check detailed information and marketing materials regarding about 30,000 patent technologies to be transferred and commercialized. The intellectual property special library is provided with about 4,000 special books.
A spokesman of KIPO said, “[A]lthough the business conditions of a company have become worse, the fact needs to be noticed that there has been an epoch-making technical improvement in the economical crisis situation in which the existing paradigm has been changed. The patent trade information center will actively find the needed advanced patent technology and support the introduction of the technology needed by the company, to positively help the company’s technical innovation.”
4. Samsung Electronics concluded a patent cross license agreement regarding the light emitting diode (LED) with Toyoda Gosei (TG).
On March 11, 2009, Samsung Electronics announced that it has concluded a patent cross license agreement with TG, a Japanese manufacturer specializing LEDs. According to the patent cross license agreement, the ‘Samsung LED’ which will independently depart from Samsung Electronics will use the TG’s patents related to LED fluorescent substances and chips in the future. Detailed matters including the cost of the agreement and the like were not disclosed by the two companies’ agreement. Prior to this agreement, Samsung Electronics had concluded the LED-patent cross license agreement with Osram, a German company, in 2004.
TG is a company specializing LED chips and packaging, the head office of which is located at Aichi-ken, Japan. TG holds a number of LED patents related to fluorescent substances including silicate. Last year, TG concluded a patent cross license agreement with LG Innotek. TG concluded the formal patent license agreements with Seoul Semiconductor, Lumi Micro, Alti-Electronics and has been providing these companies with the patents relating to white LED technology.