Since 2001 the Intergovernmental Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been discussed on world protection of the traditional knowledge of each country. At the seventh session of the Meeting of International Authorities under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in February 2003, it was agreed that traditional knowledge should be included in the “Non-patent literature” part of the PCT minimum documentation according to criteria.

In line with the international protection movement, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) decided to formulate information strategy planning for the building of a database of traditional knowledge in 2004. The database, which was compiled from 2005 to 2007, was based on traditional Korean medicine. A search service of the database commenced in December 2007.

KIPO’s database of traditional knowledge includes a vast amount of knowledge from Korean traditional literature and scholarly articles.

The database is presented on-line through the Korean Traditional Knowledge Portal (KTKP). The reasons for making the database accessible through the KTKP are as follows:

    • 1. To lay the foundation for international protection of Korean traditional knowledge as preventing unauthorized use of patents inside and outside the country.
    • 2. To promote the development of related studies and industries as providing an abundance of information on traditional knowledge and related research.
  • 3. To enhance the quality of intellectual property applications for traditional knowledge as providing essential information for patent examinations.

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