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Joint cooperation between WIPO and APEC for the development of e-learning content

IP e-learning Packages

The global IP e-learning program is geared towards developing English training materials and administering educational courses based on such materials to domestic and foreign IP professionals, university students, and all other interested persons. Further, it will facilitate the online acquisition of IP knowledge and provide a proper avenue for sharing up-to-date IP trends and information.

Background

Until recently, IP educational courses in Korea have been offered in Korean and based on domestic laws and systems. However, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights constitute one of the most globalized spheres. As a result, Korean enterprises, universities, and R&D centers have now found themselves in the difficult position of being compelled to cooperate and/or compete globally with foreign enterprises and governments in the creation, utilization and protection of IPRs in order to remain competitive. Consequently, the demand for global IP education is greater now than at any other time in the past.

In order to effectively address domestic demand and contribute to the advancement of global IP education, KIPO has developed English IP e-learning contents and administered relevant educational courses that trainees can easily access and utilize through the Internet. KIPO has mostly done this in cooperation with international organizations such as WIPO and APEC.

IP Education Course Management

Since 2005, KIPO has been administering various courses in Korean universities and graduate schools using multimedia e-learning contents. In 2009, a total of 42 educational courses were offered and 2,550 students completed them.

Apart from such domestic courses, KIPO (in cooperation with international organizations) has also managed global IP e-learning courses in which foreign trainees participated. For instance, in 2009, in cooperation with APEC and KIPA, KIPO administered the "Project for Training Intellectual Property Right Information Facilitators Using e-Learning Contents, IP Xpedite." And in 2010, in cooperation with WIPO, KAIST and KIPA, KIPO introduced a Joint Certificate Course based on IP Panorama. At the end of this Joint Certificate Course, trainees who achieve the required minimum performance will be issued certificates in the name of WIPO, KIPO, KAIST and KIPA.

The two courses mentioned above are characteristically geared to maximize impact on trainees. They combine an online multimedia-based course with an offline seminar-style course. On the one hand, they transmit specialized knowledge, online to participants wherever they may be and on the other hand, they offer participants from different countries the opportunity to share and exchange information on IP policies and practices. In confirmation of the effectiveness of the courses, a survey conducted on trainees who completed the APEC Joint Certificate Course in 2009 showed that 85.11% were highly satisfied with the online course while 89.24% were very satisfied with the offline course.

IP Panorama

KIPO has been developing the IP Panorama in cooperation with WIPO SMEs division and KIPA since 2005. IP Panorama covers 12 main areas including patent information, technology transactions, M&A, E-commerce, and patent disputes.

IP Panorama is utilized by university students, SMEs and IP experts in Korea. In addition, it is offered to foreign governments and institutions that require it.

KIPO entered into agreements for the development of IP Panorama in local languages; with Thailand in September 2007, Mongolia in March 2008, Portugal in May 2008, Estonia in November 2008, Hungary in February 2010, Kenya in July 2010, Bangladesh in August 2010 and Vietnam in September 2010.

Following the success of the English version of IP Panorama, KIPO, WIPO and KIPA began in 2009 to develop other versions of IP Panorama in official UN languages, specifically, Arabic, French, and Spanish.

In March 2010, an international symposium was held at the headquarters of the League of Arab States [LAS] in Cairo, to celebrate the official release of the Arabic version of IP Panorama. The Spanish and French versions are currently under development.

< IP Panorama Development Stages >

2005200620082010
Module 1Module 2-10Module 11-12Module 13

IP Panorama describes the strategic use of IP in management and practical business affairs. As shown below, it currently consists of a total of 13 modules.

< IP Panorama Contents>

Module 1Importance of IP to SMEs
Module 2Trademarks and Industrial Designs
Module 3Inventions and Patents
Module 4Trade Secrets
Module 5Copyrights and Related Rights
Module 6Patent Information
Module 7Technology Licensing and Strategic Partnerships
Module 8IP in the Digital Economy
Module 9IP and International Trade
Module 10IP Audits
Module 11IP Valuation
Module 12Trademark Licensing
Module 13Module 13 IP Franchising

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