Don’t know Korean? Well you better learn if you hope to talk shop with inventors.
Korean was just recently adopted as the 10th official language recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Doesn’t sound like a big deal? Considering how many languages are spoken around the world, Korea had every right to be flattered and honored to be included at the 43rd assembly meeting in Switzerland.
WIPO’s 183 members voted unanimously to include the Asian tongue, and the other eight languages in the exclusive rank are English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.
Now as an official language of the international patent application, South Korea’s number of patent applications should have a significant increase. The time and money saved from not having to use a translator is expected to motivate more Korean inventors to step forward and make their ideas known.
In the past 10 years, South Korea’s patent applications grew by 100 percent, putting them in the No. 4 spot for nations with the most patent applications. They are only behind Japan, the United States, and China.
Watch your back, you three superpowers – Korea is well on its way!
Source: The Seoul Times