KIPO’s National IP Training Master Plan for 2015 

Engaging the public in building a creative economy 

KIPO Commissioner Kim Youngmin recently announced the National IP Training Master Plan for 2015, which aims to realize a Korean creative economy and train creative talent to lead Korea in the future landscape of global intellectual property. 

The Master Plan, which was released on February 12, 2015, outlined the launching of 197 cluster training courses and 203 online training courses geared toward government employees, members of the general public, office workers, primary and secondary school students, and people from abroad. Invention education and IP training courses, including courses pertaining to the Patent Act, will be provided to about 481,000 trainees (11,000 of whom will attend cluster training courses, and 470,000 of whom will undergo e-learning). 

Compared to last year, the number of trainees engaging in cluster training courses and e-learning has risen 12.7% (from 9,536) and 19% (from 461,340) respectively. 

The International Intellectual Property Training Institute (IIPTI) is collaborating with other Korean governmental agencies to provide IP educational opportunities to people from a wider range of backgrounds, including office workers and researchers. In its efforts to support Korean SMEs often plagued by IP disputes, the IIPTI, in collaboration with the Small and Medium Business Administration (SMBA), plans to provide SME-tailored IP training to instruct them in such matters as developing effective dispute responses. 

In addition, the IIPTI is working closely with the Ministry of Education to establish a lifelong IP learning methodology. In order to accomplish this, the existing “IP Academic Credit Bank” will be extended and reorganized to include the Intellectual Property Massive Open Course (IP-MOOC), thereby offering IP training courses to all interested parties. Retired researchers and women who left the workforce for reasons of marriage or childbirth are expected to take special advantage of these courses in order to further develop their IP-related careers. 

KIPO examiners and patent judges will be offered professional training courses aimed at varying skill levels and technical fields, thereby ensuring enhanced capacities, as well as expedited examination and trial prosecution. To help KIPO examiners and patent judges stay abreast of emerging technological trends, the IIPTI will arrange for them to visit 3D printer manufacturing sites and companies related to the IoT industry. 

The IIPTI will also provide customized IP education to government employees from Asia, Africa, and South America in order to share with them Korea’s experiences in developing examination practices and systems. By doing so, Korea expects to elevate the profile of its own particular IP system. 

Byun Hoonsuk, Dean of the IIPTI, said, “Intellectual property is not the exclusive property of a few specialists, but a key element that drives a creative economy. That is why the IIPTI is committed to making it easier for the public to receive invention and IP education, both online and offline.”