Industry by the Numbers

Intellectual Property

The Importance of Protecting Intellectual Property Rights
The impact of intellectual property theft on the global economy accounts for $500-600 billion in lost sales each year, or 5-7% of world trade. U.S. intellectual property is worth $5-5.5 trillion - more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of any other country. Intellectual property accounts for more than half of all U.S. exports, helping drive 40% of U.S. economic growth.

In a global digital economy, it is essential for trade agreements to guarantee the protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights, or piracy will continue to grow as a problem.

The IP protections in the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) should be seen as a model for future trade agreements.  The KORUS FTA offers the U.S.  an opportunity to lock-in beneficial IP protections with a leading Asian economy and serve as an example for IP standards to other Asian countries. The KORUS FTA strengthens protection for software, music, film, videos, and text.

For copyrighted works:

  • Extends copyright from life of the author plus 50 years to 70 years.
  • Protects temporary copies of copyrighted work (music, movies, text, etc.) on the Internet.
  • Prevents tampering with technical protection measures (TPMs).
  • Criminalizes the recording of movies in theaters.
  • Strengthens enforcement against Internet online piracy, holding liable those who profit from unauthorized downloading, and establishing penalties for end-user IPR piracy.

 

For patents:

  • Provides an extension of patent terms for undue delays in granting the original patent.
  • Abolishes the revocation of a patent due to non-usage.

 

For trademarks:

  • Requires the seizure, forfeiture, and destruction of counterfeit and pirated goods and the equipment used to produce them.
  • Deters IPR violators from shipping counterfeit products through Korean ports and free trade zones through new customs enforcement rules.
  • Sound and scent marks will receive trademark protections. Introduces "first-in, first-in-right" to trademarks.
  • Protects Internet domain names.

 

 

Local Resources

Select your state below for information on local resources that can help you take advantage of opportunities from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. These resources include groups in both the public and private sector.

National Benefits

Main Exports
Semiconductors and components, Aerospace products, Chemicals

Main Imports
Communications equipment, Motor vehicles, Motor vehicle parts

Interesting Fact
In 2013, Korea was the United States’ 6th largest trading partner, while the United States was Korea’s 3rd largest.

 

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