Tag Archives: 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 …

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) …

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 …