History of the Korean trademark system

  • 1908 : The Trademark Decree was promulgated.
  • 1946 : The Patent Institute was established and patent laws were enacted.
  • 1949 : The Trademark Act was enacted.
  • 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).
  • 2002 : KIPO submitted an application to WIPO to join the Trademark Act Treaty.
  • 2003 : KIPO submitted an application to WIPO to join the Madrid Agreement.
  • 2016 : The Trademark Act was wholly amended.
  • Last updated 30 SEPTEMBER 2016
  • Trademark Examination Policy Division