Taiwan, U.S., Japan discuss intellectual property rights protection

10/15/2020 04:58 PM
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Photo courtesy of MOFA
Photo courtesy of MOFA

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) A workshop held jointly by Taiwan, the United States and Japan opened Thursday with discussions about the protection of trade secrets and and intellectual property rights (IPR) in various countries, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

During the two-day workshop, which is being held under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), representatives of the three countries and more than 180 law enforcement officials and experts from 19 Indo-Pacific nations are sharing their views, in a mix of virtual and physical participation, MOFA said.

At the opening ceremony, Taiwan's Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang (田中光) urged the international community to work together to protect trade secrets and intellectual property rights, saying those are important components of economic growth and competitiveness, MOFA said in statement.

Also speaking at the opening, Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, (AIT) highlighted the importance of the "Four I's," which are the virtuous cycle of interaction, IPR protection, investment, and innovation, the AIT said in press release.

"Advanced economies all recognize that intellectual property rights protection is the key ingredient to attract investment and encourage innovation in order to compete in our modern global economy," Christensen said, according to the AIT.

Prosecuting theft of trade secrets and stopping digital piracy of copyrighted content are the issues being highlighted at the workshop, said the AIT, the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.

Representatives from the Taiwan's High Prosecutors Office, Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation are among the participants who are sharing their experiences and discussing the best practices for prosecuting cases related to trade secrets theft and digital piracy, according to the AIT.

The workshop has been divided into three sessions, with the participants discussing the latest developments in trade secrets laws in various countries and the common challenges in combating IPR infringement, Douglas Hsu (徐佑典), chief of MOFA's North American Affairs Department, told reporters at a press conference Thursday.

JTEA Deputy Representative Yokochi Akira, deputy representative at the de facto Japanese embassy -- the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) - also attended the opening ceremony of the workshop, which was jointly organized by MOFA, the JTRA, and the AIT.

It was held under the GCTF, an initiative launched by Taiwan and the U.S. in June 2015 to bring Taiwan's expertise and leadership to the global stage. Japan later joined the platform as a full partner in 2019.

(By Emerson Lim)

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