Korean government will designate stem cell research led by the geneticist Prof. Hwang Woo-suk as a core technology eligible for government support in seeking international patents.
The Korean Intellectual Property Office said Wednesday it will revise regulations so scientists working on such core technologies can ask the state to fund international patent applications in any number of countries. Currently, the government subsidizes the application process in one country only. Researchers will be able to apply at any time.
KIPO said once stem cell research is an official core technology following review of Hwang’s research, the team will be entitled to millions of won in subsidies for patent application expenses such as the fees of patent attorneys.