2011년 8월 4일 목요일

2011 Second Quarterly IPR Trends in Korea

- Trademark applications increased by 11.9 percent year-on-year -

□ Application Trends

 A total of 91,225 IP applications were submitted during the second quarter of 2011, recording an increase of 4.8 percent year-on-year.
- By type of rights, patents increased by 4.5 percent and trademarks by 11.9 percent, while designs decreased by 4.2 percent.
※ Utility models are continuously decreasing due to the pre-registration system and the discontinuation of the dual application system (▽ 9.6 percent).

 By nationality, Korean and foreign applicants rose by 4.9 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.
- As for patents, Korean and foreign applicants rose by 4.4 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively.
- By region, Ulsan recorded the highest rate of increase at 72.2 percent followed by Chungnam at 19.2 percent.
- By countries of origin, Sweden increased by 24.6 percent and China recorded an increase of 19.4 percent.

 By applicant, conglomerates and SMEs (small and medium enterprises) recorded an increase of 1.6 percent and 6.0 percent, respectively, while universities increased by 76.0 percent.
- Looking at applicants with a significant rate of increase in the second quarter, Hyundai Heavy Industries stood out in patents and utility models, while Busan Bank and Woongjin Coway recorded a high rate of increase in trademarks, and Wooil Fence in designs.

□ Registration Trends

 The total number of IPR registrations in the second quarter of 2011 reached 47,267, recording an increase of 21.9 percent year-on-year.
- By type of rights, patents increased by 19.8 percent, utility models by 36.2 percent, trademarks by 27.4 percent, and designs by 15.6 percent.

 By nationality, Korean applicants increased by 22.6 percent and foreign applicants increased by 18.9 percent.
- By region, Gyeongnam recorded the highest rate of increase at 50.1 percent followed by Ulsan at 47.3 percent.
- By country, Canada increased by 20.3 percent and Japan increased by 11.3 percent.

 By IP rights holders, conglomerates rose by 30.3 percent and SMEs by 12.5 percent. Korean individuals recorded a striking rate of increase of 90.5 percent followed by foreign individuals at 82.7 percent.
- IP rights holders with a significant rate of increase in the second quarter were Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics in patents and utility models, Gunwi-gun (Gyeongbuk) in trademarks, and Sung Sin Art Collection in designs.


□ Examination and Trial Trends

 A total of 39,390 requests for examination were submitted in the quarter, recording a 0.8 percent decrease year-on-year.
- Requests for patent examinations totaled 36,570, a 0.9 percent increase year-on-year, while utility models decreased by 18.2 percent with 2,820 cases.
- Number of requests for PCT international searches stood at 6,245, a 14.9 increase year-on-year, and those processed totaled 5,643 cases, recording a 1.0 percent increase.

 The number of requests for trials totaled 2,718, a 23.6 percent drop year-on-year, while trial disposals totaled 3,713 cases, a 3.1 percent increase.
- By type of rights, the requests for trials of patents and utility models grew by 34.6 percent with 1,689 cases, and trademarks by 31.0 percent with 941 cases. On the other hand, designs dropped by 50.0 percent with 88 cases as compared to the same period of the previous year.


◎ This trend data is based on intellectual property rights statistics collected from the second quarter of 2011 up to July 2, 2011 (based on date of pending, tentative value).
- Actual values may differ from the statistics at the point of acceptance due to causes such as withdrawals and renunciations.
◎ Only new Trademark applications have been summed up.
◎ The rate of increase is based on the same period from the previous year.

by KIPO

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