Intelligent automatic input system developed
DLocus Digital Service Co., Ltd. announced
2 February 2003 that it obtained patents for the world's first
'Intelligent Auto-fill' solutions, by which users can input
user information such as their IDs and passwords at any location
with one click. The company said it is taking steps to obtain
international patents for the solutions.
Locus Digital explained that with the patented solutions,
once basic information such as user information or delivery
destination information is input, the user does not need to
input any more information during e-commerce except one click
for automatic input, such that a high quality security function
is provided. Accordingly, an individual user can input personal
information with just one click at any location without exposing
their private information.
Locus Digital said that with the patented solutions, it has
gained competitive superiority in the online combined authentication
and electronic payment system market. Locus Digital obtained
patents in October last year for its Gatepay system, a disposable
virtual card number-type electronic payment system which completely
prevents personal information from leakage.
Trend regarding Patent Applications for Natural Substance
In Korea, the market for herbal medicine is estimated to
be worth about 350 billions won according to the statistical
annual report on 2001 Korea Food & Drug issued by Korea
Food & Drug Administration. About 70 pharmaceutical companies
are manufacturing about 1,000 kinds of herbal medicines. Those
herbal medicines are prescribed and manufactured based on
Korean traditional medical books. Recently, besides such traditionally
prescribed herbal medicines, new kinds of herbal medicines
are actively being studied and developed. This rapidly growing
herbal medicine market mainly targets intractable diseases
such as hepatitis, diabetes, arthritis, dementia and impotence.
Patent applications for natural substance medicine did not
number more than 21 in 1986, however since then, the number
has been steadily increasing. [(This statistics refer to PCT
patent applications applied during January 1, 1986 ~ December
31, 2001, including A61K 33/00~33/44 (Medicinal preparations
containing inorganic active ingredients), A61K 35/00~35/76
containing material or reaction products thereof with undetermined
constitution) and A61K 35/78~35/84 (Materials from plants)].
For instance, in 1999, patent application numbers reached
197, and even recorded 375 and 436 in 2000 and 2001, respectively.
In particular, domestic applicants consisted of 74%, and foreign
applicants consisted of 26% among the total number of applicants.
Regarding primary sources, plant originated sources consisted
of 70%, recording higher rate than animal originated sources
(17%) and mineral originated sources (13%).
From the above trend, it can be inferred that medical studies
for natural substance medicine focus on plant studies in Korea,
since there are great volume of plants and are relatively
easy to acquire.
It is expected that in 21 Century, the medical industry will
change its main target from curing a disease to preventing
a disease. From this view point, the natural substance medicines
having two positive points, safe long-term administration
and less side effects, will be the most popular kind of medicine
in this 21 Century.