Application by IPR type(unit: cases)

Category 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Patents 213,694 208,830 204,775 209,992 218,975
Utility Models 8,711 7,767 6,811 6,232 5,447
Subtotal 222,405 216,597 211,586 216,224 224,422
Designs 67,954
(70,190)
64,678
(66,728)
62,528
(64,986)
62,823
(65,434)
64,111
(66,637)
Trademarks 185,443
(239,334)
170,347
(204,012)
168,556
(202,539)
185,968
(232,109)
204,998
(252,309)
Total 475,802
(533,929)
451,622
(696,167)
442,670
(485,922)
465,015
(513,767)
493,531
(543,368)

Note: Figures in parentheses include multiple applications.

PCT applications (unit: cases)

Category 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of applications 14,594 15,595 15,790 16,991 18,885
Growth rate 11.1% 6.8% 1.2% 7.6% 11.1%

International trademark applications under the Madrid System(unit: cases)

Category 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Korea as office of origin 990 942 1,053 1,322 1,419
Korea as designated office 12,931 11.259 14,362 14,373 16,509

International design applications under the Hague System(unit: cases)

Category 2016 2017 2018 2019
Korea as office of origin 104 133 116 178
Korea as designated office 981 925 857 928

Average first office action pendency(unit: months)

Category 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Patents / Utility models 10.0 10.6 10.4 10.3 10.8
Trademarks 4.7 4.8 5.0 5.5 6.8
Designs 4.4 4.7 4.9 4.9 5.4

PCT international search reports and preliminary examinations undertaken by KIPO(unit: cases)

Category 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
International Search Reports 28,468 28,176 25,955 24,123 27,167
International Preliminary Examinations 208 209 169 131 131

Note: Based on KIPO data

Registrations by IPR type(unit: cases)

Category 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Patents 101,873 108,875 120,662 119,014 125,661
Utility models 3,253 2,854 2,993 2,715 2,417
Subtotal 105,126 111,729 123,655 121,729 128,078
Designs 54,551 55,602 49,293 49,905 52,850
Trademarks 114,746 119,255 116,704 115,025 125,594
Total 274,423 286,586 289,652 286,659 306,522

Note: Trademark registration renewals are excluded.

Trials and appeals requested(unit: cases)

Category   2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Appeal against
examiner's decision
to reject application
Patents 6,093 5,470 4,351 3,624 2,820
Utility models 112 200 180 162 128
Designs 119 109 90 102 58
Trademarks 1,559
(2,293)
1,626
(2,284)
1,569
(2,295)
1,437
(2,046)
1,330
(1,868)
Subtotal 7,883
(8,617)
7,405
(8,063)
6,190
(6,916)
5,325
(5,934)
4,336
(4,874)
Appeals against
examiner's decision
to dismiss amendment
Patents - 1 1 1 -
Utility models - - - - -
Designs 7 (15) 5 1 - -
Trademarks 6 (7) 5 (11) - - 3
Subtotal 13 (22) 11 (17) 2 1 3
Appeal against
examiner's decision
of cancellation
Patents - - - - -
Utility models 1 - - - -
Designs 4 2 - 1 3
Trademarks - - - - -
Subtotal 5 2 - 1 3
Trials for
correction
Patents 134 145 136 128 127
Utility models 6 9 4 - 2
Designs - - - - -
Trademarks - - - - -
Subtotal 140 154 140 128 129
Invalidation Patents 2,194 548 529 460 478
Utility models 80 50 27 21 15
Designs 209 (210) 247 194 207 215
Trademarks 584 (658) 492 (553) 433 (486) 472 (559) 472 (541)
Subtotal 3,067
(3,142)
1,337
(1,398)
1,183
(1,236)
1,160
(1,247)
1,180
(1,249)
Trials to confirm
scope of IP right
Patents 691 632 671 512 348
Utility models 53 47 29 20 21
Designs 138 149 136 151 136
Trademarks 93 (132) 101 (170) 90 (102) 158 (175) 103 (123)
Subtotal 975
(1,014)
929
(998)
926
(938)
841
(858)
608
(628)
Cancellation trials on
trademark registration
Patents - - 1 1 -
Utility models - - - - -
Designs - - - 17 -
Trademarks 1,903
(2,305)
2,122
(2,526)
2,124
(2,474)
2,523
(3,011)
2,574
(3,193)
Subtotal 1,903
(2,305)
2,122
(2,526)
2,125
(2,475)
2,541
(3,029)
2,574
(3,193)
Opposition of
patent / utility model
Patents - - 109 150 174
Utility models - - 1 4 1
Designs - - 1 - -
Trademarks - - - - -
Subtotal - - 111 154 175
Grand total Patents 9,112 6,796 5,689 4,876 3,947
Utility models 252 306 240 207 167
Designs 477 (486) 512 421 478 412
Trademarks 4,145
(5,395)
4,346
(5,544)
4,216
(5,357)
4,590
(5,791)
4,482
(5,728)
Total 13,986
(15,245)
11,960
(13,158)
10,566
(11,565)
10,151
(11,352)
9,008
(10,254)

Note1: Figures in parentheses include multiple applications.
Note2: Opposition of patents / Utility model has been enforced from March, 2019

* Rejection refers to appeals against examiners' decisions of refusal and appeals against examiners' decisions to dismiss utility models.
** Invalidation refers to invalidation trials and trials for invalidation of corrections.

  • Last updated 04 February 2021
  • Trade and Cooperation Division