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Korea: Increase in IP filings at KIPO in 2018

On 22 January 2019, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) published statistics on IP filings in the year 2018. Some of the most important results include the following:

  • The overall number of IP filings (patents, utility models, designs and trade marks taken together) rose by 4.9% from 457,955 in 2017 to 480,245 in 2018.
  • Patent filings increased by 2.5% to 209,992 (previously 204,775) while utility model applications decreased by 8.5% to 6,232 (previously 6,809).
  • Trade mark applications witnessed a growth by 9.5% from previously 182,918 to 200,341.
  • With regard to patents, 162,582 applications were filed by domestic applicants (+2.2%) and 47,410 by foreigners (+3.6%).
  • Among patent applications from foreigners, there was a particular strong increase for applicants from the following jurisdictions: United Kingdom (+19.6%), Switzerland (+11.1%), Chinese Taipei (+10.3%) and Germany (+9.3%).

For more detailed information, please refer to KIPO's news item of 22 January 2019 (in Korean only).

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