The Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust (FIT-KREDU) supports capacity building and intellectual property (IP) training and education for developing countries, least-developed countries and countries in transition through the WIPO Academy.
Since its establishment in 2011, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has contributed over 2.6 million CHF to the fund. The Academy is able to deliver capacity building in IP through the financial and technical support of FIT-KREDU.
An overview of WIPO-KIPO activities since the establishment of the Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust.
FIT-KREDU enables capacity building for government officials, mainly IP examiners and professionals through supporting the Academy’s Professional Development Program. The Academy and KIPO continuously seek to expand its topics from patents and trademarks to industrial designs and IP dispute settlement. The Academy and KIPO also offer an IP training course for women scientists, including the winners of L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme, in the Republic of Korea.
The Academy cooperates closely with Korea to support the development of human resources through long-term IP education courses, mainly through the Academy’s Joint Master’s Degree programs. Additionally, WIPO, KIPO, the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management and Sejong City launched a Master’s Degree program focusing on IP and Development Policy. This Master’s Degree program is the Academy’s only higher education program focusing specifically on IP and development.
Since 2008, the Academy and KIPO have co-organized the WIPO-KOREA Summer School (WKSS), an intensive IP education program for a selected group of young professionals and students from academia.
WIPO, KIPO and the Korean Invention Promotion Association (KIPA) launched IP PANORAMA in 2007, an e-learning multimedia toolkit that teaches users the relevance and importance of IP-related issues from a business perspective as well as IP leveraging strategies in business. IP PANORAMA has been translated into 24 languages, including the six official United Nations Languages.
The Republic of Korea also supports the Distance Learning (DL) Program in the delivery of two types of blended learning courses: