|KIPO successfully held the "International Seminar on Intellectual Property (IP) Strategies for National Development" at the Intercontinental Seoul COEX Hotel (Harmony Ballroom) with the participation of Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, distinguished guests from Korea and abroad, and about 400 experts from industries, academia and research institutes working in the area of IP.
The seminar was held for two days from July 7 to 8 under the themes of "New Strategies for National Development Based on IP" and the "Role of IP in a Global Innovative Economy" in commemoration of the enactment of the Framework Act on Intellectual Property to be enforced on July 20. The seminar began with the opening remarks given by KIPO Commissioner Lee Soo-won, followed by congratulatory speeches by Kim Young-hwan, member of the National Assembly and Chairman of the Knowledge Economy Committee; Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea; Choi Eun-soo, Chief Judge of the Patent Court of Korea; and Park Sang-dai, President of the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Society.
WIPO Director General Gurry, National Assemblyman Lee Jong-hyuk, Korea Intellectual Property Forum Chairperson Kim Myung-shin, and Japan Patent Office Commissioner Yoshiyuki Iwai gave keynote speeches to praise the enactment of the Framework Act on Intellectual Property and emphasize the need to pursue strong policies at the national level.
During session one that followed, Vice Secretary-General Shibata Masayuki of the Japanese Secretariat of the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Dean Eric Enlow of the International Law School of Handong Global University, and Director General Lee Sang-jin of the Industrial Policy Bureau of the Prime Minister’s Office gave presentations. During session two, OECD Senior Economist Mariagrazia Squicciarini, Presiding Judge Yoon Jong-soo of the Incheon District Court, and Professor Jung Cha-ho of Sungkyunkwan University gave presentations.
First, during session one, Masayuki and Enlow shared the experiences of Japan and the United States, both of which drew up IP strategies at the national level and passed framework acts on IP before Korea, providing Korea with the opportunity to benchmark. Lee Sang-jin introduced how the Framework Act on IP in Korea came about and major future strategies on which a panel discussion was held afterwards.
During session two, Squicciarini talked about the importance of IP by linking it with technological innovation and economic growth based on various statistics of such topics as Korea's qualitative level in the area of patents by each field of technology together with changing trends in intangible assets by country. Yoon emphasized the importance of IP from the perspective of sharing, and Jung emphasized the need to largely enhance the level of patent protection.
In addition, at the third session held on the second day, July 8, at the Intercontinental Seoul COEX Hotel (Diamond Hall), President Shoichi Okuyama of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, Chairman Ian Woodcock of the EUCCK IP Centre, and Vice-President Kim Gwang-jun of the NHN Management Support Group gave presentations. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion with Professor Kim Sun-jeong of Dong-guk University, Lee Hae-wan of Sungkyunkwan University, Managing Director Chung Dong-soo of Hynix Semiconductor Inc., and Chief Economist Hong Doug-pyo of LG Economic Research Institute.
Okuyama introduced cases of leading companies in the management of IP through transparent innovation, and Woodcock talked about IP protection and enforcement strategies in Korea and the Asia-Pacific region. Kim Gwang-jun presented the latest cases of IP protection strategies in the Internet business.