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According to provisional results of a study about current filing trends, the number of IP applications in Korea last year increased by 6.3% compared to 2010. The number of patent filings (179,687) rose by 5.6% while trade mark applications (124,000) grew even faster by 14.3%.
With regard to patent filings submitted by foreigners, applications by individual applicants rose by 10.1% while filings by foreign corporations increased by 8.4%.
On the other hand, filings for utility models continued to decrease by 13.1%, and also designs witnessed a slight decline by 1.2% compared to the previous year.
For further information, please refer to KIPO news of 30 January 2012 (in Korean only).