President Yoon Suk-yeol held talks with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Daren Tang to exchange opinions on intellectual property at the presidential office in Seoul on Feb. 8.
"We support WIPO's efforts to provide easy access to the intellectual property system to the underprivileged and people of developing countries," the president was quoted as saying. "Korea has been striving to help developing countries introduce a Korean-style intellectual property system through intellectual property ODA (official development assistance)."
President Yoon also said he hopes to attract a WIPO regional office in Korea to raise convenience for Korean companies and boost support for developing countries through educational programs.
Director General Tang called Korea an advanced country in intellectual property that possesses creative culture such as K-pop and Korean content that ranks fourth in the world in the number of patent applications. He also thanked Korea for giving major inspiration to the development of global intellectual property through ODA and overseas deployment of experts in the field, adding that he hopes to build a close cooperative relationship.
To mark his visit, the director general gave as gifts to President Yoon WIPO's first patent cooperation treaty (PCT) certificate written in Hangeul and the first certificate of a Korean company's international trademark registration under the international trademark system.
The presidential office said the PCT certificate is the first international document released in Korean since WIPO at its 2007 general assembly became the first international organization to adopt Korean as an official language.
Formerly chief executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Director General Tang won the WIPO election in March 2020 and assumed his post in September that year.