1. Intellectual Property (IP) online learning is available by a smart phone anytime and anywhere.
-A renovated IP online learning service, ‘IP academy’, has been opened
According to KIPO, an IP online learning service, IP academy’, which was reconstructed to make it possible to conveniently learn online various education content of IP, newly opened on January 16, 2023.
IP academy (www.ipacademy.net) is a free online learning service to provide people who are interested in an invention and in IP with the online learning content related to IP.
This newly opened IP academy has been greatly improved with respect to functions in all aspects, such as a student’s accessibility, learning convenience, service speed, etc.
Since the same learning is possible in mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets, etc., as well as personal computers, the students are able to watch various IP content anytime and anywhere, regardless of the learning device.
The learning convenience functions, such as continuing content, closed caption, double speed view, etc., have been greatly reinforced. In addition, the function of recommending a customized education course according to a learning goal has been added. Therefore, IP learning is expected to increase.
Since this new online learning system has been built in the high performance and large capacity cloud environments, the service speed becomes much faster and thus learning satisfaction is also expected to increase.
2. In the quantum computer era, competition to preoccupy the security market is hot.
-The competition in the ‘post-quantum cryptography’ market which newly opens is intensive
As concerns that a quantum computer may be able to disable the cryptosystem in the modern information communication area has grown, each country’s competition to preoccupy a new market of cyber security has been intensive.
While each country has rushed the development of the cryptosystem which is safe from an attack by a quantum computer, as of now, ‘quantum cryptograph’ and ‘post-quantum cryptography’ are considered as a viable alternative.
Quantum cryptograph is cryptography using a physical quantum state used in a quantum computer, without using digital information such as a modern cryptosystem.
Post-quantum cryptography is cryptographic algorithms in the form of greatly increasing the complexity of mathematical problems so as not to be solved by even a quantum computer.
The economical value of the post-quantum cryptography technology is estimated to be 30 trillion Korea Won in 2026, which is the size of holding 11% of the entire security market size (247 trillion Korea Won).
According to KIPO, the number of the patent applications relating to post-quantum cryptography increased by an annual average of 17.3% since 2011 and by 4.2 times in 10 years (from 52 in 2011 to 219 in 2020).
By country, US filed the most applications (31.6%), followed by Japan (16.2%), China (13.2%) and South Korea (10.2%) taking 4th place.
The number of the relevant applications filed by Japan somewhat decreased; whereas the increase in the number thereof filed by China (annual average 43.6%) and South Korea (annual average 40.3%) was relatively high.
Post-quantum cryptography is divided into about 5 types (lattice, hash, multivariate, code and elliptic curve), according to which mathematical problem a cryptographic system is based on. The most applications (32.0%) were related to the lattice-based cryptography.
Although the number of the Korean applications relating to the lattice-based cryptography (2011~2020) was 69, behind US (90) and Japan (76), the number of the relevant applications filed over the last 5 years was 59 taking 2nd place, showing a minute difference from US (62) taking 1st place.
Upon reviewing the total relevant applications by the type of applicant, companies led 80% of the post-quantum cryptography development worldwide; whereas universities and institutes were higher with 38.8% and 10.1%, respectively, in South Korea and this means that research and development were mainly led by the government.
The major applicants were: Philips of the Netherlands filed the most applications (73) taking 1st place, followed by Sony (72) in 2nd, Intel (63) in 3rd, IBM (43) in 4th and Fujitsu (35) in 5th.
Korean applicants were CRYPTOLAB (25) in 9th, Samsung (18) in 16th, Seoul National University (12) in 20th, and Chosun University (11) in 23rd.
In the lattice-based cryptography area, CRYPTOLAB (25) was in 4th place, Samsung (14) in 6th, Seoul National University (7) and Korea University (7) in 11th. In this regard, Korean companies’ and universities’ rapid progress is more noticeable.
3. KIPO reinforces an organization to intensively support a small business owner’s trademark.
-A prioritized service trademark examination division, which is exclusively responsible for a prioritized examination of service marks of wholesale and retail sales, has been fully operated since January
To respond to an increase in the number of requests for accelerated examination in the service mark area, KIPO newly established and operated a prioritized service mark examination division utilizing a self-controlled organization system.
The prioritized service mark examination division will exclusively process requests for prioritized examination in the wholesale and retail business (class 35) and restaurant business (class 43) which have the highest proportion among the cases of requesting a prioritized examination under service businesses (classes 35~45). This division has fully started this process from this year.
The rate of requesting a prioritized examination has increased by an applicant which wants a rapid examination since an examination process period has been delayed due to the increase in the number of trademark applications, in which the percentage occupied by the service business area has increased every year.
The percentage of requests for a prioritized examination of the total trademark applications was 4.3% in 2019, 6.4% in 2020, 8.5% in 2021 and 11.5% in November 2022. The percentage of requests for a prioritized examination in the service business area to the total requests for a prioritized examination was 39.3% in 2019, 43% in 2020, 44.9% in 2021 and 48.7% in November 2022.
Especially, the number of requests for a prioritized examination in the wholesale and retail business and restaurant business areas has rapidly increased, showing an annual increase of 63.9% over the last 5 years (2017~2021).
In the wholesale and retail business and restaurant business areas, the percentage of requests for a prioritized examination by small business owners (including individuals) is high. In this regard, since a rapid examination result needs to be provided, this is an important reason to newly establish the organization to exclusively process a prioritized examination as requested.