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Military seeks patent for camouflage pattern on new combat uniform

All Headlines 11:47 November 09, 2010

SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Yonhap) -- The defense ministry said Tuesday it applied for a patent for the camouflage pattern on its newly developed combat fatigue, which would ban unauthorized use and sales of the same-patterned civilian attires and accessories.

The military has been developing the new combat uniform since 2008. It will be distributed from next July to replace the current uniform within three years.

"We are likely to obtain the patent by the end of this week," a ministry official said, requesting anonymity.

"Private companies would be banned from using the new camouflage pattern without authorization from the ministry" once the patent is issued, the official said.

Unlike the current dark-green, khaki-colored uniform, the color scheme of the new uniform is a mixture of a slate gray, stone, soil and foliage green pixel. The new camouflage pattern is called "digital-colored" because it adapts to various surroundings.

In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to serve at least 24 months in the military. The country is technically in a state of war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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