The IPKat is ever so impressed with the Korean Patent Court. He has just read, courtesy of the JoonAng Daily, that the court has just issued a code of ethics as a part of measures to become a corruption-free agency. According to the article, in relevant part:
"The Patent Court posted the six tenets on its official website on Wednesday, after the court’s 17 judges and 50 employees held meetings on the subject on Dec. 29 last year.The IPKat welcomes every move towards the adoption of an improved standard of ethics. Merpel, however, wonders why the word "bribe" doesn't seem to appear anywhere ...
Judge Kang Kyeong-tae said the idea of a declaration emerged as the court officials shared opinions on reducing corruption and irregularities in the agency in order to restore public trust.
“The public’s confidence in the judiciary is still low, despite the fact that it marked the 60th anniversary of its foundation last year [Non-sequitur here? Why should the 60th anniversary induce public confidence?]. Without the people’s trust, the very existence of the judiciary is at stake,” Kang said.
The Patent Court’s statement ... was significant for the detail it went into on the measures that would be taken to heighten the agency’s ethical standards.
For one, the officials pledged that they would not financially exploit court property for personal gain [selling the furniture on eBay, perhaps?].
They also declared that their family members share some responsibility in maintaining the organization’s moral integrity, adding that “spouses and other family members should not receive money, gifts or real estate” ... [did this really happen? If so, no wonder that public confidence wasn't running high].
The statement also said officials should not act on a supervisor’s request when they think it would provide anyone with an unfair advantage [what happens if all the officials refuse to carry out the request? Does this mean that the supervisor has to do the dastardly deed himself?].
Officials should also avoid taking on tasks they would find difficult to perform fairly because they deal with someone related to them, the statement said.
They also agreed not to give special favors to people who share regional, academic or blood relations in carrying out their duties [Academic relations? Hypothetical aunts?].
“We believe it is vital to tell the public of our intentions. We will strictly implement what’s on the statement,” said Park Guk-soo, the chief judge of the court.
“We will inform the officials about the declaration during the regular monthly meeting. We will also offer regular ethics education sessions for new judges and workers.”
Cats and corruption here and here