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STEPI-Yachay E.P. Project 2016-2017 Capacity Building Training Program
STEPI, in collaboration with Yachay E.P of Ecuador, conducted a Capacity Building Training Program from May 6th to May 13th in Seoul, Korea. Since signing the MOU, STEPI and Yachay E.P. have been working on the measures to strengthen linkage among Industry-University-Institute. Major topics for policy consultations include R&D Program, IT Park, as well as STP Management and Business Model. In this regard, STEPI designed the Capacity Building Training Program to share Korean experience in developing innovation cluster, and then provide participants with study visits to witness how these clusters are operated and managed. STEPI invited 11 delegations, among which 9 participants are from Yachay E.P. and the rest from the private sector.

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Lectures consisted of following topics, 1) Technology Transfer, and Commercialization and related Korean Laws, 2) Korea’s IPR policy, and 3) Technology Financing. Lecturers featured professors, CEO, and senior researchers from the public research institutes. Professor Suh, Sanghunk, of Hoseo Graduate School of Global Entrepreneurship, introduced Technology Transfer and Commercialization process in Korea. He pointed out that even though Korea is a leading country in terms of R&D and technology development, only 30% of developed technologies get to be commercialized. He emphasized the importance of marketing in Technology transfer, and suggested ways to reduce the number of sleeping technologies.

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Ms. Shim, Hyunjoo, a senior researcher of Korea Institute of Intellectual Property (KIPO), covered legal framework and institutional system related to IPR (Intellectual Property Right) in Korea. Korea is an IP5 country and has well developed IPR management system. Ms. Shim divided IPR into four categories,as patents, utility models, trademarks, and designs, and then explained each respectively. She especially focused on the features that Korea uniquely developed such as appeal and trial procedure, opposition system, etc. During each of the lecture, all the participants shared his/her ideas with others and took part in a series of Q&A sessions.

Study Visits largely covered 1) Technopark management strategy, 2) Llinkages among Industry-University-Research Institutes, and 3) each institute’s strategy for Technology Transfer and international collaborations. The Study Visit is crucial because it provides opportunities to see the facilities and labs up close.

Pangyo Techno Valley is an R&D complex, which is specialized in IT, BT, CT and Fusion Technology. It was developed together by the Korean central government and Gyeong-gi province to reinforce the national R&D competitiveness and self-sufficiency of the Pangyo new city. Pangyo Techno Valley performs incredibly well in terms of its total revenue and research outcomes. Factors behind this huge success are geographic location, cheap real-estate costs for private companies, and strong willingness of Gyeong-gi province governor. In addition to that, Pangyo Techno Valley will be expanded into six districts, each of which will be in charge of different role such as Startup Zone and Venture Zone. As the name, Zero City, suggests, Pangyo City seeks to be eco-friendly city and is chosen as the first test bed city of Self-driving car in Korea.

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Both STEPI and Yachay E.P. delegations constantly exchanged ideas during the training process. Yachay E.P. delegations were able to get more concrete and clear concepts of which areas to be developed. STEPI will continue to cooperate with Yachay E.P. to Yachay Technopark in the near future.
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