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Patents, Trade Marks, and Industrial Designs in South Korea

Our team at MACIPO & ASSOCIATES South Korea Branch comprises highly-qualified patent and trade mark specialists, professionals and technical experts. We provide local and international IP services including patents, trademarks, industrial designs, advisory services and portfolio management.

Patents/Utility Models

We offer full-service patent works, including filing and prosecuting domestic applications for patents and utility models with the Korean Industrial Property Office (KIPO) as well as of filing outgoing patent applications including PCT applications. Our patent department has members with specializations in all the major scientific arts. The office assists clients in every aspect of patent prosecution, beginning with the preparation and filing of the application, to any subsequent appeals or proceedings before the Korean Industrial Property Office ("KIPO") or a court of law. In addition to prosecution matters, the Office is very active in conducting prior art searches and providing opinions to clients planning to conduct business activities in Korea, as well as providing patent annuity notice and payment services.
  • Consulting clients in the process of development, research and design of innovative products.
  • Performing patentability searches.
  • Rendering patentability opinions.
  • Performing patent infringement searches.
  • Rendering infringement and validity opinions.
  • Preparing, filing and prosecuting patent, utility models applications, and PCT national phase in South Korea.
  • Monitoring of patent or utility models activity by company or subject matter

Trade Marks

Our trademark department is among the most active in Korea, and provides assistance in all aspects of prosecution as well as any related appeals or proceedings before the KIPO or a court of law. The trademark department regularly conducts trademark and clearance searches and provides opinions to clients before marks are used in Korea.

  • Determining trademark and service mark availability.
  • Performing trademark infringement searches.
  • Preparing, filing and prosecuting trademark applications.
  • Observation and survey of trademarks.
  • Conducting opposition procedures.
  • Drafting and concluding prior right agreements.
  • Conducting cancellation proceedings.


We will draft and file industrial design applications, perform design searches and watches, pay renewal fees, prepare oppositions, and appeal procedure in South Korea.
  • Conducting design searches;
  • Filing of design registrations;
  • Advising on matters in relation to infringement and validity of designs registrations;
  • Renewal of design registration.


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Fast Facts
  • Inventions must be kept confidential to be patentable.

  • Inventions must be capable of industrial application.

  • Granting a patent application can take several years.

  • A trade mark must be distinctive for your goods and services.

  • Registering your trade mark gives you the exclusive right to use your mark for the goods and/or services.

  • Design protection relates to the appearance of a product.


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