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) …

Changes induced by open-ended fair use clause: Korean experiences

[Also posted at http://infojustice.org/archives/37215] South Korea has a civil law tradition based on the modern European civil law systems. The civil law tradition was one of the obstacles when civil societies and lawmakers tried to introduce flexible and open-ended fair use exceptions into the Korean Copyright Act (“KCA”) in 2005 and 2009. According to opposers, the …

US Ambassador confirmed patent linkage under FTA includes biologics

One of the controversies in implementing the KorUS FTA is whether biological products are subject to the patent linkage obligation of the KorUS FTA. The debate was provoked by the Korean government’s proposal which applies the patent linkage to biologics. But it is unclear if the FTA text imposes such an obligation.  Chapter 18 (IPRs) has no definition …

Joint Statement of Korean lawmakers, labor unions, farmers and civil society groups on the proposed Korea-U.S. FTA

Korean National Assembly Members’ Caucus Against the Korea-US FTAKorean Alliance Against the Korea-US FTA For Immediate Release Jan. 27, 2011Contact: Heesob Nam – +82-10-9981-1180, hurips@gmail.comMi-kyung Ryu – +82-10-9279-7106, inter@kctu.org Joint Statement of Korean lawmakers, labor unions, farmers and civil society groups on the proposed Korea-U.S. FTA We, the Korean National Assembly members’ Caucus Against the Korea-US …