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Newsletter/ May 31, 2000 No. 64

BM patent applications recorded the highest number.

BM patent applications which were filed only in the first quarter of this year were about 1000 cases.
This represents that Korean has a growing interest in BM patents.
This has doubled compared with BM patent applications filed in 1999.(513 cases) KIPO forecasted that 2000 BM patent applications would be filed in this year, but this exceeded KIPO' expectation.
According to this trend, it is possible that 4000 BM patent applications will filled within this year.
But, KIPO is very much concerned with this recent phenomenon, because some corporations can file BM patent applications randomly without preparing required conditions for BM patents.
However, KIPO does not have any intention to prevent BM patent applications for international competitive power gained on holding excellent BM patent.
According to this trend, BM patent applications will increase more rapidly hereafter.

PCT international applications were rapidly increased.

The trend to file international applications by PCT has rapidly increased.
The PCT international applications rapidly increased from 495 cases(1998) to 855 cases(1999).
In particular, the average rate of increase of PCT applications in one year was 45.8% in the past 5 years which exceeded the international rate by 17.4%.
This was caused by KIPO' electronic applications and movement for having intellectual property rights of small-to-medium-sized enterprises.
Corporations which filed PCT international application were spread from large enterprises to small-to-medium-sized enterprises.
According to this, the number of Korean PCT applications took 14th place among 104 nations.
Domestic corporations which file a lot of PCT applications are as follow: Samsung electronic Co., Ltd. (135 cases), LG chemical Co., Ltd. (26 cases), Korean Chemical laboratory (18 cases), KAIST (18 cases) and Daewoo electronic Co., Ltd. (14 cases) etc.

The use of double application is increasing rapidly.

The uses of double applications which are able to file patent application and utility model application simultaneously are increasing gradually.
The number of double applications filed from patent application to utility model applications in 1999. 7∼2000. 3 was 9% of total applications as 2400 cases.
The rate of double applications related to utility model applications based on patent applications was 5% of total applications as 131 cases in July 1999.
However, it increased as rapidly as 12.3% in March 2000.
KIPO completed last year's amendments of patent law and utility model law which can use double applications efficiently between patent and utility model.

The existent period of domestic trademark is shorter than that of foreign trademarks.

KIPO investigated the existent period of registered trademark in 403,671 cases (domestic trademarks: 271,127cases, foreign trademarks: 132,544).
As the result, domestic trademarks which have maintained for 20 years or more were 4297 cases which accounted for 1.6% of total registered trademarks.
On the other hand, foreign trademarks were 10245 cases which accounted for 7.7% of total registered trademarks.
The domestic trademarks of which existent period were 10-20 years were 47,423 cases which were 17.5% of total registered trademarks, and the foreign trademark were 34,110 cases that were 25.7%.
Also, the domestic trademarks of which the existent period were less than 10 years were 219,407 cases that were 80.9% of total registered tr
 
 
 
 
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