Patent disputes with overseas partners becoming fact of life

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Patent disputes with overseas partners becoming fact of life

Local companies saw the number of patent disputes with their overseas counterparts surge over the last two years, with a majority of the cases involving accusations of local firms breaching patents, data showed yesterday.

The number of patent litigations between local and foreign companies reached 278 cases last year, growing 80.5 percent from 154 in 2009, according to data by the Korean Intellectual Property Office and the Korea Intellectual Property Protection Association.

The data, meanwhile, showed that the number of accusations made against local companies between 2007 and May this year stood at 821 cases, which accounted for more than two-thirds of the total suits filed during the period.

By country, U.S. firms were the biggest contenders for local firms. The number of intellectual property rows involving U.S. companies topped the list with 670 cases, with Japan following at 152 cases.


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