The Korea Smart Grid Association is launching a national program to encourage and support the creation of smart grid patents that meet international standards.

This initiative is sponsored by the Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and supervised by Standard Patent Center. This program aims to promote high value-added standard patents by supporting standard patent-oriented R&D projects conducted by companies, universities and research institutes aiming to obtain patents across the world. This program is designed to form an association that will take the lead in developing technologies and standards that can form a basis for future patents. The association has an emphasis on strengthening the global competitiveness of innovative small and mid-sized businesses.  Such businesses typically are not sufficiently sophisticated to deal with patent issues around the world. This initiative also emphasises technologies that can become de facto standards or “platforms” that “can enjoy both market power and monopolistic strength.”

This is a very good example of how patent offices across the world can assist to bring together stakeholders in green technologies and promote research and innovation in their respective countries.  Additional reports are also available at Energy Korea, SmartGridNews and Power Insider.