The following information covers the most common fees for patent and utility model applications. The fees have been in effect since May 16, 2021. Please contact us for further information on payments and other fees.

Patent fees
Description Fee(KRW)
Application Fee
Patent Application (Electronic) 46,000
Patent Application (Paper)
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each page when the total of the description, drawing,
      and abstract exceeds 20 pages
66,000
1,000
Application for an extension of the term of a patent right, for each application 300,000
Examination Fee
Application for a priority claim
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each priority claim
18,000(electronic)
20,000(paper-based)
18,000(electronic)
20,000(paper-based)
Request for substantive examination
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each patent claim
143,000
44,000
Request for reexamination
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each patent claim
100,000
10,000
Request for a preferential examination 200,000
Annual Fee
1 to 3 years (Grant fee is included)
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
15,000
13,000
4 to 6 years
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
40,000
22,000
7 to 9 years
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
100,000
38,000
10 to 12 years
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
240,000
55,000
13 to 15 years
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
360,000
55,000
16 to 25 years
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
360,000
55,000
Others
Converted application fee
  Utility model application into Patent application(On-line)
46,000
  Utility model application into Patent application(Paper)
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each page when the total of the description, drawing,
      and abstract exceeds 20 pages
66,000
1,000

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Utility model fees
Description Fee (KRW)
Application Fee
Utility model Application (On-line) 20,000
Utility model Application (Paper)
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each page when the total of the description, drawing,
      and abstract exceeds 20 pages
30,000
1,000
Examination Fee
Application for a Priority Claim
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each priority claim
18,000(electronic application)
20,000(paper-based application)
18,000(electronic application)
20,000(paper-based application)
Request for substantive examination
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each utility model claim
71,000
19,000
Request for a reexamination
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each utility model claim
50,000
5,000
Request for preferential examination 100,000
Annual Fee
1 to 3 years (Grant fee is included)
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
12,000
4,000
4 to 6 years
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
25,000
9,000
7 to 9 years
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
60,000
14,000
10 to 12 years
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
160,000
20,000
13 to 15 years
  a. Annual basic fee
  b. Annual additional fee for each claim
240,000
20,000
Others
Converted application fee
  Patent application into Utility model application (On-line)
20,000
  Patent application into Utility model application (Paper)
  a. Basic fee
  b. Additional fee for each page when the total of the description, drawing,
      and abstract exceeds 20 pages
30,000
1,000

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Payment methods

All fees are paid either by direct deposit to a bank in Korea or by means of a giro (electronic billing system). To utilize either method, you will need a residential or business address in Korea because of the unique online certificate system. Please note that the fees are NOT paid directly to KIPO or a KIPO account.

If you have a residential address in Korea, you are legally entitled to handle application procedures yourself. When you receive an application number, you should submit a Certificate of the Facts of Alien Registration, which is issued by the Korean Immigration Office or your local district (Gu) office.

There are three ways you can make the payment. First, you can use the electronic application system to pay the fees online or via an Internet giro. This cannot be done from abroad because of the unique online certificate system used in Korea.

Second, you can visit our office in person and submit form(23,25), at which time they will issue you a receipt. Once you are issued the receipt, you can pay the fee at any bank in Korea, though the fee should be paid by the next day.

Third, you can send a Korean postal money order with the completed payment form. *Please note that all documentation must be in Korean, not English. For further information, please contact our customer service center (1544-8080, Korean only).

If you do not have a residential or business address in Korea, you should appoint a representative to pursue application procedures including the payment of fees. The representative must have a residential or business address in Korea and could be a friend or relative, not necessarily a patent attorney. If you do appoint a representative, please note you will also need to submit a power of attorney for the representative (Form 2).

If you would like to appoint a patent attorney, contact the Korean Patent Attorneys Association at:

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PCT fees
Description Fee (KRW)
Request for international preliminary examination (IPEA/KR)
  a. Examination fee
  b. Handling fee
450,000
253,000
Request for international application search under PCT (ISA/KR)
  a. Application in Korean
  b. Application in English
450,000
1,200,000

Please check handling fee before paying it since it is frequently changed

PCT fees payment

During the international phase of an international application under the PCT, an applicant can pay the fees directly to KIPO by wire transfer or credit cards. For the transfer of fees to KIPO, please refer to the following bank information:

Swift code: NACFKRSE
Name of bank: National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, Government Complex Daejeon Branch
Account number: 676-01-011484
Name of beneficiary: KIPO

The above-identified bank information is also used for the payment of the other fees related to the PCT procedures of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) as an International Searching Authority and/or International Preliminary Examining Authority.

When the fees are transferred to the ISA/KR and/or IPEA/KR**, an applicant's attention is requested for the following matters.

1. The PCT international application number should be indicated and it is strongly recommended to indicate the name of the invitation/notification concerned.
2. The sender's charges which have to be paid by the sender should be considered for the purpose of transferring the exact amounts of the fees.

* ISA : International Searching Authority
* IPEA : International Preliminary Examining Authority

  • Last updated 09 August 2021
  • Information & Customer Policy Division