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Core Copyright Industries Growing in South Korean Economy

Core Copyright Industries Growing in South Korean Economy

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The core copyright industries are playing an increasing role in South Korea, collectively making a growing contribution to the economy. The Korea Copyright Commission released data on Tuesday which revealed that the core copyright industries including broadcasting, performances, and creative work made more contributions to the South Korean economy in [...]

Trademark Theft by Chinese Companies a Costly Problem

Trademark Theft by Chinese Companies a Costly Problem

DAEJEON, Sept. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korean Intellectual Property Office’s “Chinese Trademark Brokerages Early Warning Service” is providing a big boost to South Korean companies who have struggled from trademark theft. Since its inception last year, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has requested the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China to run [...]

S. Korean Firms Urged to Enhance Protection of Intellectual Rights in China: Report

S. Korean Firms Urged to Enhance Protection of Intellectual Rights in China: Report

SEOUL, March 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean companies must be better prepared to protect their intellectual property (IP) rights, especially when doing business in China, a report said Wednesday, citing a recent rise in IP-related disputes in China.  According to the report from the state-run Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), the number of IP-related [...]

Court Rules in Favor of Korean Fashion Company in Hermès Copyright Dispute

Court Rules in Favor of Korean Fashion Company in Hermès Copyright Dispute

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – A Seoul appeals court on Tuesday ruled in favor of South Korean fashion brand PLAYNOMORE in a copyright lawsuit filed by Hermès, upsetting a previous ruling in favor of the French luxury brand.  The dispute goes back to November 2015 when Hermès filed a lawsuit against the Korean company, [...]

Korean Patent Office to Penalize ‘Free Riders’

Korean Patent Office to Penalize ‘Free Riders’

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – When it comes to innovation and new business models, free rider problems are among the most discouraging practices in the tech industry. Start-ups and SMEs have complained incessantly that conglomerates snatch away and make illicit use of fresh new ideas originally conceived by bright-minded entrepreneurs, thereby severely damaging their [...]

Lawmaker Suggests Go Match Records be Protected under Copyright Law

Lawmaker Suggests Go Match Records be Protected under Copyright Law

SEOUL, June 30 (Korea Bizwire) – One of the greatest former Go-players, Cho Hunhyun, now a Saenuri Party Representative, suggested that Go match records should be protected under copyright law in a report for a provisional session of the Education, Culture, Sports & Tourism Committee. Rep. Cho told Kim Jong-deok, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, [...]

Fair Trade Commission Revises Social Media Terms of Service

Fair Trade Commission Revises Social Media Terms of Service

SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) revealed Sunday that it has made adjustments to what it deemed as unfair clauses in the terms of service of four major social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and KakaoStory. The four social media platforms did not clarify, in their terms of service, [...]

Apple Music Takes a Step Forward to Korean Market Entrance

Apple Music Takes a Step Forward to Korean Market Entrance

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) – After months of rumors and speculation, Apple’s music streaming service, Apple Music, has made a big step forward to introducing its services in Korea. In contrast to the global popularity of music services like Spotify, Deezer, and Pandora, the Korean music market for music sales and streaming is dominated [...]