KORUS

Criminal Enforcement of Copyright and Unintended Consequences

Soon after the signing of the Korea-US FTA (“KORUS”) in June 2007, South Korea experienced a dramatic increase of complaints of copyright crime from 2007. Around one hundred thousands of persons were accused of copyright infringement in a year, and juvenile’s victims occupied 24% in 2008.[1] But the actual indictments by the prosecutors were very small: from …

Patent Linkage and its Reform

The US has disseminated TRIPS-plus rules through FTAs. One of them is a so-called drug approval and patent linkage system. South Korea imported the linkage system in 2012, and the Korean model was fully implemented from March 15, 2015. After four-year experience, the Korean government, specifically the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, tries to revise the linkage system. Still we don’t …

Letter between USG and SKG on confidentiality of KORUS renegotiation documents

January 5, 2018 Michael BeemanAssistant United States Trade RepresentativeOffice of the United States Trade RepresentativeWashington, D.C. Dear Mr. Beeman: This letter is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of this date, which reads as follows: “In preparation for initiating negotiations on amendments and modifications to the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), I would like to outline …

KORUS negotiation documents (Preamble for Investors) disclosed by the Supreme Court Order

Now we got a piece of negotiation documents of KORUS FTA. They reveal the US unilateralism, which will be pursued more strongly by the Trump Administration. Efforts of Korean negotiators to insert “Korea” into the KORUS Preamble were all failed. Compare the final text and failed proposals of South Korean Government (SKG). US Proposal (16 June 2007) …