• International Country Code:

    KR
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    UTC/GMT +09:00
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    South Korean won (KRW)

Trademark registration in South Korea

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Trademark protection in South Korea is regulated by the Trademark Act

  • Trademark fees

Fees associated with filing trademark application in South Korea as well as other trademark fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Multiple class

Multiple class trademark application is possible in South Korea.

  • Minimum of filing documents:

For obtainment of the date of filing a trademark application South Korea should contain:
- representation of a trademark;
- applicant's details;
- designated goods and class(es) of a trademark.

  • Requirements to the Power of Attorney

The Power of Attorney should be submitted simultaneously with filing the trademark application in the Republic of Korea. Otherwise, the late submission charges will be incurred. Official legalisation is not required.

  • Priority document

A Certified Copy of the Priority document with its Korean translation should be submitted within three months from the date of filing a trademark application in Korea.

  • Validity term

The trademark registration in South Korea is valid for ten years from the date of registration of a trademark.

  • Opposition period

Opposition against the trademark application in Korea may be filed within two months from the publication of a trademark application in the Official Gazette.

  • Use requirement

A trademark in South Korea may be cancelled through a trial in case it has not been used for more than three years before the filing date of the trial.

  • Renewal

A trademark in South Korea may be renewed an unlimited number of times every ten years. To renew the term of registered trademark rights, an applicant should file an application to renew the term within one year before its expiration date. Renewal of a trademark in South Korea after the renewal due date is allowed within six months only.

  • Representation by a trademark attorney

Foreigners must perform the trademark prosecution in South Korea through a registered Korean patent attorney.

  • What can be registered as a trademark in South Korea

A trademark in Korea may consist of a symbol, character, diagram, three-dimensional shape, or any combination thereof, color combinations, hologram, movement or other item that can be visually recognized, any sound, odor or others that expressed realistically with a sign, letter, figure, or by any other visual means among sounds, odors and others that cannot be recognized visually.

  •  Note

Online Search databases: Korean Trademarks, International Trademarks.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by Jeong & Park on 24.01.2019
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with South Korean IP Laws.

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