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Newsletter/september 25, 1998 No. 44

Period for Correction in Patent Trial Prosecution reduced to one month

From September 7, 1998 the period for correction during patent trial prosecution has been reduced to one month.
Previously the period had been two months (unless special circumstances applied).
However, the Industrial Property Tribunal (IPT) concluded that the longer period contributed as a factor to causing delays in completing patent trial prosecution and, accordingly, recently enacted the "guide for period for correction" designating the period for correction as one month.
It is expected that with the reduction of the period for correction patent trial prosecution will take place more quickly.

Korean Patent Filings in the U.S. Surge over the Last 10 Years

The number of patent applications filed by Korean firms and individuals in the US has increased thirty-fold during the period 1986-1996, as compared with the 10 years earlier, according to figures cited by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA).
The information cited by KITA was taken from a recently released study by the US Department of Commerce entitled "the new innovators; global patenting trends in five sectors (medicine, innovative materials, automobiles, information technology an express transportation)."
The study included a comparative analysis of the research base in 14 countries, including Korea, the United States, the European Union and Japan.
According to the study Korean firms and individuals filed 1500 patent applications in the United States in 1996.
This is compared with 61,000 patent applications filed by US firms and individuals, which amounted to 55 percent of the total number of filings.
Japanese firms and individuals were second, with 23,000 applications, European Union firms and individuals were next with 16,400.
Taiwanese firms and individuals filed 2,000 applications.
While the number of registration of patents filed by a Korean firms and individuals is still comparatively low, the report noted that Korea's share of the total during the 10 years period leading up to 1996 had jumped significantly as compared with the previous 10 year period.
It is interesting to note that when a comparison between Korea and Taiwan is made during the same 1986-1996 period Korean patent filings in the United States have increased 3 times as rapidly as those from Taiwan.
It is clear from the study that the United States still leads the world in research capabilities.
However, smaller developing nations are fast catching up and may eventually even exceed the United States in this area in the future.

Newly developed information database and searching system enhances automation of the examination procedure for trademarks

The Korean Industrial Property Office (KIPO) has developed a new trademark information and searching database which, it is expected, will greatly enhance the efficiency of examination of trademark applications.
The database will include details from both newly filed applications, as well as details from earlier applications and registrations.
The new database and searching system will largely automate the searching function in the examination of trademark.
It is expected that the quality of examination will thus be improved, and that the time taken to examine a trademark will be reduced.
The new system will make it possible for an examiner to complete searching and examination of a trademark application in a shingle stage.
The searching system has various inn
 
 
 
 
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