Results of Checking for False Intellectual Property Rights Indications regarding 'Teaching Aids for Infants'
-The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has detected 1,137 false intellectual property right indications involving teaching aids for infants-
After intensively surveying 30,000 cases of 'teaching aids for infants' for false intellectual property right indications, KIPO stated that they have found 1,137 cases of false indications of intellectual property rights for 13 items in 38 shopping malls (URL based).
KIPO and the Korea Intellectual Property Protection Agency* continue to conduct research on false indications of intellectual property rights for health and public safety-related products, including conducting research on such false indications for fine dust masks in the first half of last year.
*Reporting Hotline of the Korea Intellectual Property Protection Agency for reporting false indications of Intellectual Property Rights ☎1670-1279
The main kinds of false intellectual property right indication violations detected include ▲ False indications of expired intellectual property right registration number (674 cases) ▲ Cases indicated incorrectly, such as indicating trademarks or designs as patents (422 cases) ▲ Cases indicating an application number of which the registration was rejected (41 cases).
KIPO has guided the correct intellectual property right indications for the detected 1,137 cases and has also instituted corrective measures such as deleting posts and suspending sales. In addition, KIPO plans to distribute leaflets related to intellectual property rights and to provide training to the companies involved so that such false intellectual property right indications will not reoccur.
After this crackdown, KIPO will cooperate with major online operators to expand education related to indicating intellectual property rights for sellers while strengthening the monitoring of false intellectual property rights indications on products related to public health and safety as part of the “reinventing government” initiative.
The Chief of Industrial Property Protection Cooperation at KIPO stated, “As the false indication of an intellectual property right is an illegal act that can be punished by up to 3 years in prison and fines of up to 30 million won, producers and sellers should check the correct name, number and valid period of an intellectual property right and must display these correctly.”