Posted June. 28, 2005 06:03,
The label Hwang Woo-suk can now only be used by Seoul National University professor Hwang Woo-suk.
The Korean Intellectual Property Office announced on June 27, due to Professor Hwangs prominence, that if another person applies for a trademark with the name Hwang Woo-suk, it will not be granted.
Famous Trademark (Article 7, Paragraph 1, Item 6 of Trademark Law) is applied in unique and exceptional situations to prevent people from using a famous person as a trademark.
Thus, in Korea, other people cannot use the name Hwang Woo-suk unless there is consent from professor Hwang himself.
This was decided by the Intellectual Property Office after an individual applied for a trademark for Hwang Woo-suk Research Institute and Hwang Woo Suk Valley in January for bacterial and medicine research.