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Limitations and Challenges of Ergonomics Regarding Intellectual Property

  • Park, Hee Sok
  • Received : 2015.08.19
  • Accepted : 2015.08.25
  • Published : 2015.10.31

Abstract

Objective: The objective of this paper is to review the interests and limitations of ergonomics regarding intellectual property. Background: There have been less interests in intellectual property among the ergonomics professionals. However, the importance of intellectual property is increasing as competitions in industry are getting fierce. Method: Literatures on the relations of intellectual property with ergonomics were examined, and the international patent classification system was studied. Results: No profound studies were found in the area of the relations of intellectual property with ergonomics. Ergonomics was not considered in patent classification. Conclusion: It is important to induce more interests regarding intellectual property to the community of ergonomics. Further studies are expected on the relations of intellectual property with ergonomics. Application: The results from this paper would be of help to inducing ergonomists to more interests in intellectual property.

Keywords

Intellectual property;Patent classification

References

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  2. Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) Website, http://www.kipo.go.kr, (retrieved August 11, 2015)
  3. Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) Website, http://www.kipris.or.kr, (retrieved August 11, 2015)
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Acknowledgement

Supported by : Hongik University