South Korea Lends IP Training Support To China

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By Maricel Estavillo for Intellectual Property Watch

In a move that goes beyond territorial disputes and past atrocities, the Republic of Korea this week hosted a training session for Chinese civil servants on protection of intellectual property rights.

In a press release, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) said some 28 Chinese civil servants, judges and professors from the State Intellectual Property Office and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce participated in a training session from 15-18 October.

“We expect this event will enhance the interest and cooperation of Chinese civil servants in the IP field in protecting the IPRs of Korean companies,” KIPO Commissioner Ho-Won Kim said in the statement.

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The Chinese participants visited the industrial sites of Cheong-Kwan-Jang, Hynix Semiconductor, LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics and “were informed of the situation and difficulties the companies are facing in protecting their IP rights in China,” the statement said.

“KIPO and KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency) plan to actively support cooperation channels between IP workers of Korean companies and Chinese IP civil servants to help ease as well as expedite cases of IPR infringement in China,” it added.

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