The number of patents filed for drone technology in South Korea is soaring as competition heats up in the burgeoning drone market.
In 2015, a total of 389 patents related to drone technology were applied in the country, up a whopping 161 percent jump from a year ago, Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) said on Monday. Such patents filed by Korean think tanks and companies stood at 30 cases before 2012, but grew sharply to 126 cases in 2013, 149 cases in 2014 and 389 cases in 2015.
Major patent applicants include Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Agency for Defense Development and multiple startups in Korea. New drone technology varies. The most commonly patented fields are flight vehicle and operational technology. A firefighting drone and a specially designed amphibious drone to rescue human lives were patented last year.
Other outstanding drone technology patent filed includes automatic lifting and landing technology. With this technology, a drone can land automatically when it needs charging.
KIPO said the number of drone technology patents will be increasing as the government is pushing for commercial drone technology and private companies expand their research and investment.
“The increased patent application reflects the industry’s efforts to lead the drone market as it is in the spotlight as a new growth engine. To dominate the market, a careful patent strategy is important before going to develop actual technology,” advised Kim Il-Kyu, a KIPO director.
By Won Ho-sup
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