History of the Korean patent system

  • 1908 : The Patent Decree laid the foundation in Korea for institutionalizing intellectual property
  • 1946 : The Patent Institute was established and patent laws were enacted
  • 1961 : The patent laws were divided into four industrial property laws: the Patent Act, the Utility Model Act, the Trademark Act, and the Design Act
  • 1977 : The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) was established as an independent office under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
  • 1979 : Korea joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • 1980 : Korea joined the Paris Convention
  • 1984 : Korea joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Last updated 27 May 2016
  • Patent System Administration Division