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Newsletter/ November 30, 2001 No. 82

Doosan won dispute about green tea ingredient contained in 'SAN(mountain) Soju'

Doosan won the dispute about the 'SAN soju' between Jinro and Doosan.
The Doosan Corporation announced that the Seoul District Court permitted a provisional disposition application preventing the Jinro Corporation from slandering 'SAN soju'.
The Seoul District Court decided that Jinro must not make unfounded slanderous advertisements about the content and effect of the green tea ingredient in Doosan's 'SAN soju' via newspapers, journals, pamphlets, Internet or through other types of media.
Last June, Jinro instituted a lawsuit against Doosan by claiming that the green tea ingredient is untraceable in Doosan's 'SAN soju' contrary to their advertisements.
However, this lawsuit was rejected and as a result the Doosan Corporation submitted a provisional disposition application to prevent the Jinro Corporation from further slandering of the 'SAN soju' product through the Seoul District Court.

C&C Enterprise involved in patent right dispute again

An electronic money business venture firm called C&C Enterprise was charged with infringing a patent right by a rival enterprise Smartro.
Thus, a representative from C&C Enterprise was prosecuted.
Smartro insisted that C&C infringed the patent right of the 'multi-access system of the medium for recording radio information and method thereof', which it obtained in July of last year.
Smartro also claimed that they would sue C&C for damages.
With regards to this, C&C stated that the parts indicated by Smartro cannot be subject to patent infringement because they were technologically developed and used widely since 1997 before Smartro applied for the patent.

The institution guide for examination of inventions related to the electronic commercial transaction

KIPO plans to issue collected examination cases related to the electronic commercial transaction in order to prevent insufficient applications and improve all applicants' comprehension.
The number of applications related to the electronic commercial transaction including BM patents increased rapidly from 1,133 cases in 1999 to 9,895 cases in 2000.
It is expected that they will be examined in earnest to be registered after the latter half of this year.
Last year, KIPO established an examination standard corresponding to an international standard by instituting a guide for examination of inventions related to the electronic commercial transaction.
Furthermore, KIPO designated the inventions related to the electronic commercial transaction as the subject of prior examination and in addition has helped people understand the examination standard through many seminars.
In this collected examination cases, the problems found in applications related to the electronic commercial transaction are classified, however, the examination standard and its explanations are added to it according to the classification, thereby allowing examiners to consider the consistency of examination and helps applicants to understand the examination standard.

Financial facilities have high possibility of involvement in patent lawsuits

General companies have extended their business into the electronic finance field and have obtained many BM patents in this area, therein, it is highly possible for traditional financial facilities to be sued for infringement of patent rights.
While the examination standard of computer-related inventions was amended in 1998, a general guide to<
 
 
 
 
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