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S. Korea Leads International Patent Filings for Clothing Care Systems: Data

S. Korea Leads International Patent Filings for Clothing Care Systems: Data

DAEJEON, April 25 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean companies are leading international patent applications in the fast-growing area of clothing care systems designed to make it simple to keep clothes clean, hygienic and ready to wear, the country’s patent office said Sunday. The number of patent applications related to clothing care systems in five major [...]

Korean Firms Facing Growing Threats from Patent Trolls

Korean Firms Facing Growing Threats from Patent Trolls

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean firms are being targeted by U.S.-based non-practicing entities (NPEs) or patent trolls that acquire patents to make profits by filing patent infringement lawsuits. Rather than actually going through with the lawsuits, they seek to extort early settlements. NPEs are those who make profits by acquiring and managing [...]

Samsung Acquires Patent for ‘Multi-foldable’ Technology

Samsung Acquires Patent for ‘Multi-foldable’ Technology

SEOUL, Jan. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — A new path has opened for Samsung Electronics Co. to produce an eye-catching laptop with a foldable display and keyboard. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a U.N.’s intellectual property agency, finally approved a patent named ‘multi-foldable electronic appliance’ registered in July last year by Samsung Electronics, according to [...]

Patent Applications for Non-contact Biometric Authentication Technology On the Rise

Patent Applications for Non-contact Biometric Authentication Technology On the Rise

DAEJEON, Dec. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of patent applications for non-contact biometric authentication technology based on human characteristics such as the face, iris and voice has surged in recent days. According to the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the number of patent applications for non-contact biometric authentication technologies jumped to 792 in 2019, up [...]

Gyeonggi Prov. Acquires Patent for Wireless Communication Device for Firefighting Helmets

Gyeonggi Prov. Acquires Patent for Wireless Communication Device for Firefighting Helmets

SUWON, Aug. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Gyeonggi Province’s government has acquired a patent for a hands-free wireless communication device designed especially for firefighting helmets, a first in South Korea. The provincial government said Thursday that it applied for patent rights for the “wireless communication device for firefighting helmets and the method of sending voice signals” [...]

Patents Applications for Seats that Transform Cars into Living Spaces on Steep Rise

Patents Applications for Seats that Transform Cars into Living Spaces on Steep Rise

DAEJEON, June 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of patent applications for brand-new automotive seat technology is steadily increasing. According to the Korea Intellectual Property Office, the annual number of such applications remained steady at 188 over the past ten years. By type of patent applicants, large companies accounted for the largest share at 31.7 [...]

Eco-friendly Mask Patent Applications Jump as Pandemic Drags On

Eco-friendly Mask Patent Applications Jump as Pandemic Drags On

DAEJEON, June 10 (Korea Bizwire) — With the surge in sales of protective masks following the coronavirus outbreak, patents for technology designed to prevent these masks from causing environmental damage also jumped in number last year. The Korean Intellectual Property Office reported that 112 patents were submitted last year in relation to eco-friendly mask technologies, [...]

Digital Technology Gets Better Rights Protection in S. Korea

Digital Technology Gets Better Rights Protection in S. Korea

DAEJEON, March 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Computer-generated designs for products such as virtual keyboards and smart wristbands are set to be regarded and protected as intellectual properties, the patent office said Thursday. A revision of the Design Protection Act that focuses on the protection of computer-generated graphic design passed the National Assembly on Thursday, according [...]