Copyright expert could become MOEA vice minister

Copyright expert could become MOEA vice minister

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Economic Affairs was likely to name Wang Mei-hua, the director general of its Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, as the new vice minister in an effort to prepare for Trans-Pacific Partnership status, reports said Wednesday.
Wang is also known as the wife of Democratic Progressive Party legislator Wellington Koo, a prominent attorney who worked on many high-profile causes, including the corruption trials of ex-President Chen Shui-bian.
While Koo said he had heard of reports about his wife’s likely promotion, Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung said a name list had been passed on to the Executive Yuan, but a decision had not yet been announced.
Taiwan has expressed a high interest in joining TPP, and as intellectual copyright issues could play an important role, Wang’s choice could help with the country’s bid, reports said.
The TIPO chief could rely on a wealth of experience in intellectual property right matters, as she had also been cooperating and coordinating with relevant businesses and other government departments on related topics, reports said.
Her knowledge of the issues would be a valuable asset for the MOEA and for the government in general when talks about joining the TPP started, according to commentators.
Since two other vice ministers came from the industrial and the water resources side of the MOEA, her promotion would balance the backgrounds of the top team at the ministry, reports said.