(REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

(WIPO code: KR) (last revised February 2021)

by KOREANA PATENT FIRM, Seoul - Mr. HaeSun Park, Patent Attorney

Present Situation

Korea, comprising a total area of 223,662 sq. km and a population of 77,099,861 (estimated 2019), 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

100,448 sq. km.

Population

51,849,861.

Capital

Seoul with 9,729,107 (estimated 2019).

Official Language

Korean.

Currency

won.

Gross national income

(2019): U.S.$ 1,660 billion.

Imports

(2019): U.S.$ 377,422 million.

Exports

(2019): U.S.$ 406,104 million.

Statistics (2019)
Filed Issued
  Total by foreigners Total to foreigners
Patents 218,975 47,372 125,661 30,809
Utility models 5,447 472 2,417 179
Designs 64,111 5,093 50,956 6,839
Trademarks 204,998 31,306 113,908 23,261