Compared to the same period in 2011, both applications and
registrations for IP rights increased.
Some of the most important trends compared to the first
quarter in the previous year include:
applications for all IP rights (patents, utility models,
designs, trademarks) increased by 8.2%
applications for patents also increased by 8.2% while
utility model applications further decreased by 6.2%
by nationality, patent applications from foreigners rose
by 11.1%%, filings from Koreans grew by 7.3%
grants of all IP rights increased by 29.5%
grants of patents rose considerably by 50.3% while utility
model registrations increased by 19.6%
top applicants by country were Japan (5.262 applications),
the USA (4554) and Germany (1158).
For further information, please refer to KIPO
news of 6 August 2012 (in Korean only).