(REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

(WIPO code: KR) (last revised March 2022)

by KOREANA PATENT FIRM, Seoul - Mr. HaeSun Park, Mr. YoonMin Lee, Mr. SungJin Hong, Patent Attorneys

Present Situation

Korea, comprising a total area of 223,626 sq. km and a population of 77,197,023 (estimated 2020), was occupied and divided into two zones as a result of a war, which began on June 25, 1950, and lasted until an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953.

Zone I: The South Koreans formed the Republic of Korea in May 1948, with Seoul as the capital. The republic was formally proclaimed on August 15, 1948.

Zone II: The North Koreans formed the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in May 1948, with Pyongyang as the capital. North Korea -DPRK was formally proclaimed on September 9, 1948.

General Information

Area

100,412 sq. km.

Population

51,829,023.

Capital

Seoul with 9,668,465 (estimated 2020).

Official Language

Korean.

Currency

won.

Gross national income

(2020): U.S.$ 1,650 billion.

Imports

(2020): U.S.$ 467,632 million.

Exports

(2020): U.S.$ 512,498 million.

Statistics (2020)
Filed Issued
  Total by foreigners Total to foreigners
Patents 226,759 46,282 134,766 30,885
Utility models 4,981 386 2,056 214
Designs 66,354 4,788 49,017 5,525
Trademarks 243,935 27,617 104,955 21,261