South Korea launches new intellectual property regime for military technologies

11 January 2019

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has introduced new guidelines to strengthen its protection of locally developed military technologies.

DAPA said in a statement on 11 January that the ‘guidelines for the management of intellectual property (IP) rights’ are intended to stimulate closer technology partnerships between DAPA and local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the defence sector.

DAPA added that the new guidelines are regarded as a requirement because previous rules are “relatively passive”. It added, “It is necessary to systematically manage the system from when the intellectual property is created.”

The main points of the new guidelines relate to IP identification, the application and registering of IP rights, and local industry’s management of IP.

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