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Subject : Dramatic Rise in Patent Applications on Stem Cell Medicines   
Date 2011-09-01 Visit 7267

The increase in research on stem cell medicines in Korea led to a dramatic rise in patent applications in the field.
The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced that there were 60 patent applications last year, which is 62% greater than the year before that (37 patent applications).
Patents on stem cell medicines in Korea were first filed in 2002 and have increased gradually, now reaching a total of 281 patents.
63% of all patents on stem cell medicines were filed by Koreans.
Universities and hospitals constitute 55%, small and mid-sized firms 28%, and large corporations only 1%.



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