Korean companies are distinguishing themselves in securing essential patents related to the commercialization of graphene. An increasing number are succeeding in the development of graphene semiconductor technology, purification of graphite for the production of the material, manufacturing transparent display panels using graphene and the like to dominate the global market in advance.
According to the Korean Intellectual Property Office, a total of 2,921 graphene-related patents have been applied for in Korea between 2005 and June 2013. By year, the number had stood at just three and seven in 2005 and 2006 each, but increased to 56 in 2008 and 204 in 2009. During the following three years, it soared to 423, 731, and then 954. The number has reached 507 in the first half of this year alone.