Life and Seoul


The AIPPI Congress ventured to Asia for the first time in its history at the end of October. Delegates in Korea were treated to a varied and at times challenging programme, as WIPR reports.

Attendees at the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Congress in Seoul might have considered it timely that the conference was taking place in the Gangnam district of that city, given the extraordinary current popularity of Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’, which has topped the pop charts around the world. Certainly no-one was going to forget about that song while in Korea.

AIPPI president Yoon Bae Kim kicked off proceedings on October 20 with a speech and a short version of the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance as he welcomed everyone to Korea and underlined the importance of international openness when it comes to IP.

Kim was joined on stage by organising committee head Seong-Ki Kim, WIPO’s Jim Pooley and Korean Prime Minister Hwang-Sik Kim, each of whom reiterated that sentiment, while Prime Minster Kim went further, trumpeting Korea’s new trademark law as an example of how Korea hopes to become “one of the best IP regimes in the world”.

conference call, AIPPI, WIPO, Seoul