The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has established a national council to better protect intellectual property rights related to carbon materials, which are used in various future industries such as hydrogen vehicle, aerospace and renewable energy.
KIPO held the first forum of the council, which was launched jointly with the Korea Carbon Fusion Technology Institute and North Jeolla Province, on Jan. 29.
At the forum held at the institute, the two organizations and the provincial government discussed how to better cooperate for the purpose and listened to companies’ opinions and requests related to intellectual property issues.
At present, South Korea accounts for approximately 3 percent of carbon fiber-related international patent applications. KIPO, the institute and the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology came up with R&D support plans at the forum in order to help raise the ratio and better protect related intellectual property rights.
The KIPO is planning to share patent-related data and trends with the industry in the framework of the council. Also, it is going to support the growth of the carbon industry by working closely with the central and local governments, companies and research institutes in the industry, etc.