Democratic People's Republic of Korea (KP)

Procedures Applying when this Contracting Party is Designated


The Office does not republish international registrations or renewals.

Examination Procedure

The Office carries out examination on substantive grounds, including a limited examination as to novelty, or examination as to novelty following opposition by third parties.

Opposition Period

Within 12 months from the date of publication in the International Designs Bulletin (non-extendable).

Time Limit for Responding to Refusal

Within six months from the date of notification (non-extendable).

Effect as Grant of Protection

The international registration has the effect as a grant of protection as from 12 months from the international registration date.

Creator requirements
Priority documents
Representation before the Office

Holders may not file documents or appear before the Office directly. Local representation is required by a trademark attorney. The Office maintains a list of patent attorneys allowed to practice before the Office. A list of trademark and patent attorneys is annexed to the provisional refusal, if issued.

Fees payable on division of the international registration

Not applicable.

Last updated on: January 11, 2017