Letter No.18 (2004-03-26)
Korean IP News
KIPO Completes Digitalization of Design Exam.
With the development of an intelligent system
for searching designs, KIPO has completely automated
the examination of design applications, thereby
significantly shortening the examination period
and enhancing the quality of examinations.
In the past, KIPO conducted documentary examinations
mainly by comparing design applications or registrations
and the drawing files of product catalogues collected
in the market after displaying the drawings of
design applications in the form of a folding screen.
At the end of 2003, KIPO completed a design and
product database encompassing about 2.5 million
designs it also provided each examiner with two
21-inch LCD monitors. In January this year, KIPO
launched an intelligent search system that can
search images quickly. KIPO has consequently converted
all the procedures for design examinations, including
the procedures for examining drawings and for
searching and dispatching registration decisions,
into a completely automated paperless administration.
Of the two LCD monitors given to each examiner,
one monitor shows the designs of new applications,
while the other searches for and compares similar
designs from among the 2.5 million designs on
the design database. The system can search tens
of thousands of designs per minute, not only reducing
the examination time by one-third but also improving
the accuracy of examinations.
The technology for editing drawings also has been
incorporated into the new processing system. Examiners
can accurately detect any error in the design
drawings and notify the applicants of the error.
The editing device can also be used for revision
or correction, thus expediting the return of the
KIPO plans to continually promote improvements
to the system to facilitate the acquisition and
protection of IPRs for designers. It will also
strive to enhance its design examination quality
by such means as expanding the design database
and introducing new technologies for image searches.
Korea Rises to World's 7th in Int'l Patent Applications.
In 2003, Korea was listed as the world's seventh
largest country in the number of international
patent applications under PCT (Patent Cooperation
Treaty), recording 2,947 cases and accounting
for 2.7% of the global total. The number also
represents a 15.5% year-on-year increase from
2002 when Korea ranked eighth.
The ranking of the number of international patent
applications filed in 2003 was in the order of
the United States, Japan, Germany, the U.K., France,
Netherland, Korea and Sweden. Last year, Korea
outpaced Sweden which ranked seventh in 2002.
Korea stood out among developing countries, followed
by China, India, Republic of South Africa, Singapore,
The rankings by applicant among developing countries
showed that LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics
filed 267 and 216 applications, respectively,
and stood first and second, while LG Chemical
(41 cases), CJ (37 cases) and Korea Electronics
& Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)
(34 cases) ranked sixth, eighth and ninth respectively,
enhancing the global position of Korean enterprises.
As an individual, Sohn Young-Shik filed a total
of 34 applications and ranked ninth, together
PCT is an international treaty to make overseas
patent application procedures easier for enterprises
and inventors around the world. Korea signed the
treaty in 1984, and has been joined by 123 countries
as of January 2004.
A KIPO official said the reason for the increase
in Korea's international patent applications is
that filing of the applications in the Korean
language became possible owing to KIPO's strengthened
international activities, in addition to domestic
firms' enhanced awareness of the need for international
protection of their technologies.
Development of the world's first 70 nano D RAM
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has succeeded in developing
a 70 nano process D RAM technology for the first
time in the world. Such development is overcoming
the 'limitation of 80 nano' recognized as the 'wall
of devil' in the field of D RAM companies, and if
this technology is commercialized, it will provide
an effect of improved amount of chip manufacture
by 30% compared to a 80 nano process.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced on 3rd
that Samsung has developed a metal-insulator-metal
(MIM) capacitor utilizing titaniumnitride (TiN)
electrode, which opened an era of processing D
RAM 70 nano for the first time in the pertinent
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in continuance
of having succeeded in developing 70 nano flash
memory product for the first time in the world,
has succeeded in developing the next generation
70 nano metal capacitor process for the first
time in the pertinent field, and further strengthened
its position as a leader.
Samsung spokesman said that "until now,
the silicon capacitor technology has been used.
However, if the micro-process of 80 nano or less
is applied, a phenomenon of which a capacitor
will fall at side will occur, and thus the pertinent
field considered 80 nano as the limit of the D
RAM process technology. "
The metal capacitor process can reduce the size
of the capacitor by 30% compared to the conventional
silicon capacitor process, and thus such process
is a technology suitable for the next generation
large capacity D RAM of 512 Mb or more. Samsung
Electronics Co., Ltd. has applied the currently
developed metal capacitor process technology to
a 90 nano 512Mb D RAM, completed inspection for
commercialization and is planning to introduce
a 70 nano level 512Mb product within this year.
Meanwhile, the 70 nano D RAM process technology
exclusively developed by Samsung Electronics Co.,
Ltd. has been introduced at VLSI and International
Electronic Devices Meeting (IEDM) which are worldwide
famous academies in the field of semiconductor,
and adopted as an excellent thesis. Currently,
patent applications related to said technology
are filed internationally.
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competity and productivity increase.
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