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Newsletter/ July 31, 2001 No. 78

Rapid increase of intellectual property applications

The number of intellectual property applications last year became the highest among the past years.
This shows that activities of intellectual property right by the people and companies were performed more actively than ever.
Last year, the total number of applications filed in KIPO was 282,673 cases.
This shows an increase of 22.4%(51,645 cases) compared to 231,028 cases in 1999, and also increased to 274,069 cases about 9,000 more cases than before the 1996 IMF crisis.
This increase resulted from the boom of the active establishments of venture companies based on new technology.
Classified by the rights, the number of patent applications increased 26.1%(21,054 cases) as 101,696 cases compared to the year before, and the number of utility model applications increased 21.1%(6,468 cases) as 37,118 cases.
Also, the number of trademark applications increased 26.0%(22,725 cases) as 110,057 cases, and the number of design applications increased 4.3%(1,398 cases) as 33,802 cases.
Further, foreign applications by Korean companies increased rapidly in accordance with the new understanding of the importance of the intellectual property right as an establishment of beginning into foreign markets.
Last year, the number of PCT applications was 1,573 cases, and it represents an 84.0%(718 cases) increase compared to 855 cases in 1999.
PCT applications this year also shows an 80% or more increase rate compared to the same period in 2000.
Thus, it seems possible to achieve about 2,500 cases this year.

Internet service for informations related to patent information.

Korean Intellectual Property Office announced that they would provide an internet information service that people could search for lots of patent information for intellectual property rights such as patent, utility model, trademarks and design right through KIPO's home page.
Due to an enforcement of this service, people can search and read the patent information on the internet web browser, and also download to use necessary documentations.

The utilization of cyber notice system

Large companies have an interest in the cyber notice system enforced by KIPO from the end of the last year.
A cyber notice system of 'filing system for protection' is a publication system that KIPO announces delicate technology in the case that a company doesn't want a grant of patent about own technology, but to lay open the technology on the internet so that the same or similar technology of the third party can't be granted as a patent.
The number of cyber notice cases were 74 from December last year, but they increased 3 times or more as 398 during 5 months to the end of May.

Filing PCT applications in Japanese from this July 1st.

From July 1, 2001, in the case of PCT applications in Japanese filed to KIPO, Japanese Patent Office can be designated as International Search Association and International Preliminary Examination Association.
In filing applications in Japanese, the title of invention and information related to applicants, inventors and patent attorneys have to be recorded in English.
And, JPO must be designated as ISA and IPEA.

The large change of trademark system

According to the amended trademark law, unnecessary articles such as representative's name of a corporation and filing date are deleted on the applications for a registration of trademark.
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