Korea launches Its Approval For Patent Expansion On Apps and Software.
As of recently, an announcement has been made that mobile application and computer software technologies shall be officially protected by patents.
The Korea Intellectual Property Office has recently announced this during the pass week when it was undergoing a revision on patent standards and shall begin granting patent for “Computer Program” claims. A claim that is the extent of the protection conferred by a patent, or the protection sought out in a patent application.
Up until recently, the office had classified a software program as a recording medium, for the sole reason that it was not clear on whether software was an invention or mechanism. Even so, the revision will be mandating upcoming software to be applied as a computer program.
An official at the intellectual property office said, “The industry have been quickly steering toward software-centered, but our patent system have not kept up with the trend. The latest revision will open up the ways for domestic software companies to be protected of their innovations and secure competitive power in the international market.”