Gallup Korea conducted a survey for Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) about the perception of threats to Korean IP.
1,202 domestic firms said:
Where was Korean IP infringed?
65 percent in China;
12 percent Taiwan;
12 percent United States.
In what sector did that happen?
24 percent in electrics and electronics;
22 percent in machinery;
21 percent in textile and clothing.
What kind of IP was infringed?
43 percent industrial design;
38 percent trademarks;
32 patents and utility models.
“While the number of intellectual property infringement cases of Korean products is decreasing in other countries, it is rising in China,” a KIPO official said. “Companies need to take steps to prevent the violation of rights on their products, for example by applying for design patents in China the moment they launch a product in Korea.”
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