History of the Korean trademark system
1908: The Trademark Decree was promulgated.
1946: The Patent Institute was established and patent laws were enacted.
1949: The Trademark Act was enacted.
1977: The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) was established as an independent office under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy.
1979: Korea joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
2002: KIPO submitted an application to WIPO to join the Trademark Act Treaty.
2003: KIPO submitted an application to WIPO to join the Madrid Agreement.
Last updated 26 FEBRUARY 2013
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