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Park meets WIPO chief

All Headlines 15:21 August 25, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye on Thursday met with a U.N. intellectual property agency chief to discuss cooperation between South Korea and the international agency, her office Cheong Wa Dae said.

Francis Gurry, the director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), visited the presidential office to explore cooperative projects, particularly ones to support developing nations in the realm of intellectual property, Park's aides said.

During their talks, Park was expected to highlight that protecting intellectual property rights is crucial in advancing her "creative economy" agenda.

The creative economy refers to Park's growth strategy that calls for boosting the economy by creating new business opportunities, industries and jobs through the fusion of information and communication technology, culture and other areas.

Established in 1967, the Geneva-based WIPO is one of the specialized U.N. agencies. Since 2008, Gurry has led the agency, which seeks a "balanced and effective" international intellectual property system that enables innovation and creativity for all countries.

The agency currently has 189 member states, including the United States, Japan, China, Germany and France. South Korea joined it in 1979.

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