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Korea (South)

(REPUBLIC OF KOREA)
(WIPO code: KR)
(last revised May 2024)
by KOREANA PATENT FIRM, Seoul – Mr. YoonMin Lee, Mr. SungJin Hong, Patent Attorneys

Present Situation

Korea, comprising a total area of 223,705 sq. km and a population of 77,136,038 (estimated 2022), 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.

Area

100,491 sq. km.

Population

51,439,038.

Capital

Seoul with 9,428,372 (estimated 2022).

Currency

won.

Official Language

Korean.

Gross national income

(2022): U.S.$ 1,697 billion.

Imports

(2022): U.S.$ 731,369 million.

Exports

(2022): U.S.$ 683,584 million.

Statistics (2022) Filed Issued
Total by foreigners Total to foreigners
Patents 237,633 53,885 135,180 35,978
Utility models 3,084 300 1,452 164
Designs 55,333 5,169 52,118 7,257
Trademarks 242,368 30,853 124,057 19,891

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