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Subject : Smart-Related Trademark Files Increased by 3 Fold   
Date 2011-06-29 Visit 12285

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced that the number of Smart or Smart-related trademarks has reached a total of 3,833 between 2000 and 2011.
The annual average of 200 between 2000 and 2008 increased rapidly to 388 in 2009 and 1,201 in 2010.
The reasons behind such increase are the affinity consumers feel with the term ‘Smart’ and the heightened use of the term ‘Smart’ in brands of new products released by Korean and foreign companies.
Home appliance products and communication products constituted 1,057 trademarks, coming in first place, advertising/marketing second with 678 trademarks, clothing/shoes/food third with 605 trademarks, education/research/medicine/legal services fourth with 447 trademarks, etc. In terms of companies, LG Electronics came in first with 652 trademarks, Samsung Electronics second with 168 trademarks, GS Retail third with 83 trademarks, and SK Telecom fourth with 53 trademarks.



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