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Korea: Increase in IP filings at KIPO in 2018

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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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