Letter No.9 (2003-6-25)
Cigarette enabling smokers to stop smoking
A functional cigarette for stopping smoking without
causing any damage to the human body while retaining
the same taste and smell has been developed by
a Korean company and will be released into the
market this coming August.
Eastern Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (http://easternpharm.koreasme.com)
announced on 1 May 2003 that they have succeeded
in developing a cigarette to help smokers quit
smoking ("NONOCIGA") by adding an antismoking
substance (WWP-15) while removing 44 carcinogenic
substances such as nicotine and tar included in
cigarettes. The company invested 25 billion Won
to develop the NONOCIGA and obtained a U.S. patent
for the antismoking substance.
According to nicotine reduction tests by the
company, after smoking the NONOCIGA for one week,
the amount of nicotine in the body of a smoker
is reduced by 23%. No nicotine was found in the
smoker's body after four weeks. "The results
show that the desire to smoke has been completely
restricted by the antismoking substance,"
said a source in the company. The company added
that the U.S. ATF analyzed the contents of the
NONOCIGA and confirmed that no carcinogenic substances
such as nicotine and tar were found.
Korea's Patent Numbering
System Becomes Global Standard
South Korea's patent numbering
system has been adopted as global standard.
The Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)
said the Standing Committee on Information Technologies
(SCIT) of the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO) adopted the country's patent numbering
system as its standard at a recent Standards and
Documentation Working Group meeting held in Geneva,
The adoption of the KIPO's standard means the
maximum number of digits of the international
patent numbering system will increase from current
10 to 13.
KIPO's patent numbering system consists of a two-digit
patent-type identifier, a four-digit year of patent
application number and a seven-digit serial number,
for example 10/2003/1234567.
It will be used to identify applications, published
documents and registered rights by industrial
property offices around the globe.
The first two digits classify whether the patent
is for an invention, a utility model, an industrial
design, a topography of an integrated circuit
or a trademark.
The global standard was previously a 10-digit
number consisting of a four-digit year code and
a six-digit serial number, for example 2002-123456.
With the adoption of the KIPO proposal to revise
the WIPO standard regarding international commercial
brand numbering system for documentation, South
Korea has been designated as the task leader to
revise the international standard.
KIPO, together with WIPO working group member
countries, will survey commercial brand numbering
systems of all member countries by the end of
September next year and draw up a standard revision
draft for uniform numbering of international brands
to be used for electronic document processing.
The draft plan will be tendered to the Standards
and Documentation Working Group meeting in December
`WIPO's adoption of South Korea's patent numbering
system as an international standard and the designation
of the country as task leader for revising WIPO
standard for commercial brand numbering system
reflects that the world is positively evaluating
KIPO's drive to computerization and standardization
of all intellectual property related administrative
process across the world.
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