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Newsletter/ May 31, 2002 No. 87

Mobile phone's settlement system of Mobilians is no infringement on Infohub's patent right

The patent dispute on the mobile phone's settlement method was first concluded with the Mobilians' winning in the suit.
The Seoul district court made a decision this month that the preliminary injunction to prohibit the infringement of the patent right for the mobile phone's settlement, filed by the Infohub (Representative: Lee, jong-il) against the Mobilians (Representative: Hwang, chang-yup) on last January, was dismissed because the mobile phone's settlement method of the Mobilians did not infringe on the Infohub's patent right.
The judge decided that the reason for rejection was that there is a difference in procedures between the settlement methods of E-money of both companies.
This decision is expected to make Mobilians better position when such infringement suit is proceeded, and now works as a momentum to seriously consider to claim damages against the Infohub.

Fraudulent uses of trademark assume diversified aspects, and those of 'ADIDAS' sharply increased.

Trademarks in fraudulent use in Korea are now more diversified.
The Korean Industrial Property Office (KIPO) stated this month that its analysis on trademarks of a total number of 33274 imitated famous-products, uncovered in the nationwide stores last year, showed that products in fraudulent use of the top-ten trademarks numbered 23220, 69% of the reported trademarks.
Considering that the top-ten trademark products in fraudulent use were 83.5% (30689) of 36753, total number of fraudulently-used famous products uncovered in 2000, this analysis means that fraudulent uses of other famous trademarks increased.
In this regard, 'ADIDAS', a famous German trademark, sharply raised to first (10293, 30.9%) in the number of fraudulently-used products in last year, from the tenth (685, 1.9%) in 2000.
The Timberland was pushed out of the top-ten trademarks in the fraudulent use, from the second (7519, 20.5%) in 2000.
An official of the KIPO said that Korean people's tendency toward famous foreign products was leading to increasing the counterfeit crimes, showing its wishes that our peoples should refrain from using the counterfeit products as much as possible, taking into consideration a disgraceful fact that Korea, the World Cup's co-host, is widely known to foreigners as an export country of counterfeit products.
In this connection, the KIPO published 'a book of domestic and foreign trademarks widely in fraudulent use' that contained the trademark names, the owners, and the licensees of trademarks most-widely fraudulent used, including 12 domestic trademarks and 69 foreign trademarks, and distributed the books to the prosecution, the police, and local self-governing bodies.

The domestic patent applications for the digital copyright preservation technology are increasing rapidly.

In the watermark, which is a digital contents copyright preservation technique, and in the technical field related to a digital copyright management, the patent application of domestic companies is remarkable.
According to KIPO(Korean Industrial Property Office), it appeared that the native patent applications related to a digital contents and copyright management were merely 15 cases last 1999 year, but it jumped to 62 cases in 2000, and reached to 70 cases in 2001, so this is 3 times that of the foreign application : 19 cases in 2000, and 25 cases in 2001).
The ratio of native application to the foreign application is increased to 75% in 95, 326% in 2000, and 280% in 2001 rapidly.
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