World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Republic of Korea

Population (Million): 50 (2012) (Rank = 26)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 1399.65 (2012) (Rank = 12)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 63,323 45,962 22,762 741.28
1999 67,029 75,453 31,548 811.61
2000 85,812 96,771 33,047 880.48
2001 88,355 92,451 36,017 915.47
2002 94,289 98,016 36,277 980.92
2003 112,802 99,826 36,859 1008.41
2004 136,490 101,815 42,507 1054.99
2005 162,761 112,482 55,132 1096.74
2006 173,413 120,532 65,060 1153.54
2007 176,510 131,964 65,084 1212.44
2008 173,671 126,890 67,656 1240.30
2009 170,428 134,169 68,866 1244.26
2010 178,654 141,167 69,985 1322.91
2011 187,747 150,284 70,845 1371.62
2012 203,795 161,141 83,613 1399.65
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 50,596 4 24,637 6 12,727 7
1999 55,970 4 24,672 6 11,059 8
2000 72,831 3 29,179 5 12,981 8
2001 73,714 3 30,898 6 14,641 7
2002 76,570 3 29,566 6 17,719 6
2003 90,313 3 28,338 6 22,489 5
2004 105,250 3 34,865 5 31,240 4
2005 122,188 3 38,733 5 40,573 4
2006 125,476 3 40,713 5 47,937 4
2007 128,701 4 43,768 5 47,809 4
2008 127,114 4 43,518 5 46,557 4
2009 127,316 4 36,207 5 43,112 4
2010 131,805 4 38,296 5 46,849 4
2011 138,034 4 40,890 5 49,713 4
2012 148,136 4 40,779 5 55,659 4
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Semiconductors 9.84
Audio-visual technology 8.84
Computer technology 7.62
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 7.36
Telecommunications 7.03
Optics 5.27
Transport 4.58
Digital communication 4.13
Civil engineering 3.59
Other consumer goods 3.22
Others 38.52
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 35,900 3 16,990 3 5,959 7
1999 43,314 3 23,737 2 7,077 7
2000 22,943 3 12,013 5 6,494 7
2001 21,833 3 12,842 3 6,468 7
2002 30,175 3 14,871 4 6,900 6
2003 30,525 3 13,653 4 8,863 7
2004 35,284 3 13,784 4 10,193 6
2005 53,419 3 20,093 4 10,615 5
2006 89,303 3 31,487 3 13,566 5
2007 91,645 2 32,060 3 14,975 5
2008 61,115 3 22,408 5 18,587 4
2009 42,129 4 14,603 6 21,681 4
2010 51,404 4 17,439 5 24,596 4
2011 72,258 4 22,462 5 25,501 4
2012 84,061 4 29,406 5 28,029 4
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 331,437 6
2005 420,906 4
2006 465,988 3
2007 566,965 3
2008 624,419 3
2009 637,197 3
2010 640,412 3
2011 678,005 4
2012 738,312 4
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 28,604 2 286 4 161 7
1999 30,344 2 306 4 164 10
2000 36,817 2 346 5 211 6
2001 40,389 2 415 5 224 5
2002 38,662 2 531 4 300 8
2003 40,174 2 651 4 247 11
2004 37,167 2 586 4 212 5
2005 36,534 2 641 4 232 6
2006 32,193 2 715 4 90 13
2007 20,632 2 452 5 185 8
2008 16,971 2 434 5 216 8
2009 16,801 2 343 5 189 7
2010 13,193 3 468 5 296 8
2011 11,462 4 392 6 311 7
2012 11,899 4 525 6 429 7
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 42,901 9 14,492 13 3,061 29
1999 71,262 8 16,070 10 4,191 21
2000 90,596 6 19,477 10 6,175 21
2001 86,408 4 20,729 5 6,043 21
2002 90,014 4 17,862 5 8,002 17
2003 92,368 4 18,243 8 7,458 22
2004 91,935 4 21,385 4 9,880 22
2005 99,436 4 23,628 4 13,046 23
2006 105,544 4 25,194 4 14,988 23
2007 112,157 5 29,132 3 19,807 23
2008 107,487 4 29,974 3 19,403 23
2009 108,170 4 26,041 3 25,999 19
2010 106,896 4 22,590 8 34,271 17
2011 112,576 5 21,069 11 37,708 17
2012 120,341 5 22,284 10 40,800 16
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 41,637 7 17,977 4 3,948 17
1999 23,290 7 9,678 19 2,883 21
2000 24,342 8 6,507 40 3,058 21
2001 26,872 7 6,811 38 2,700 21
2002 32,678 7 7,910 29 3,370 20
2003 37,718 7 9,405 20 5,667 20
2004 42,325 6 11,627 12 7,200 21
2005 49,752 5 9,795 16 7,978 24
2006 52,827 5 16,532 8 10,085 25
2007 48,266 7 14,904 12 12,967 24
2008 50,927 6 11,516 21 15,070 25
2009 38,538 10 11,915 12 20,107 21
2010 41,712 10 14,929 10 32,366 17
2011 55,571 7 20,900 5 30,439 17
2012 61,505 5 14,433 10 34,550 16
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 22,144 3 1,588 20 618 12
1999 30,871 3 1,533 20 677 12
2000 32,110 3 1,731 21 937 11
2001 35,074 3 1,793 20 943 11
2002 35,399 2 2,188 18 878 9
2003 34,994 3 2,613 7 1,865 17
2004 38,041 2 3,143 6 4,466 16
2005 41,918 2 3,304 6 13,214 10
2006 48,018 2 3,021 6 17,042 10
2007 50,868 2 3,494 6 14,216 12
2008 52,786 2 3,964 5 14,870 12
2009 54,934 2 2,969 6 13,932 12
2010 53,601 2 3,586 6 16,384 11
2011 52,812 2 3,712 6 18,033 11
2012 59,487 2 3,648 7 24,126 11
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 22,700 3 2,231 17 393 14
1999 18,167 3 1,469 20 471 14
2000 17,728 3 1,117 24 564 13
2001 17,373 3 1,277 23 776 11
2002 25,318 3 1,917 18 603 11
2003 25,680 3 2,700 5 1,309 15
2004 28,311 3 2,710 4 2,813 17
2005 31,040 2 2,952 6 12,139 11
2006 31,503 2 2,703 7 15,514 10
2007 37,631 2 3,114 5 13,954 11
2008 36,645 2 3,213 7 15,649 12
2009 29,628 2 2,463 9 14,288 12
2010 31,523 2 2,174 7 16,222 11
2011 39,443 2 2,742 7 17,296 11
2012 42,628 2 3,518 7 21,357 11
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 510 15        
1999 871 13        
2000 1,578 11     1 28
2001 2,319 9        
2002 2,519 9 1 60    
2003 2,941 7 74 32    
2004 3,549 7 131 29    
2005 4,686 6 151 28    
2006 5,945 5 190 26    
2007 7,064 4 337 24    
2008 7,899 4 188 32    
2009 8,035 4 250 25    
2010 9,669 5 355 19    
2011 10,447 5 485 18    
2012 11,847 5 502 18    
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
LG ELECTRONICS INC. 1,094 11
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. 733 16
LG CHEM, LTD. 352 41
LG INNOTEK CO. LTD. 227 67
ELECTRONICS & TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF KOREA 116 158
CINKARNA METALURSKO KEMICNA INDUSTRIJA CELJE, D.D. 110 169
SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY 101 185
KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 82 242
CHEIL INDUSTRIES INC. 77 256
KOREA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF BIOSCIENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY 76 260
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 37 17 10,801 6 331 20
1999 30 18 12,308 7 582 18
2000 78 18 14,798 6 1,260 15
2001 168 15 16,518 6 1,472 15
2002 130 18 17,738 6 1,927 13
2003 148 18 16,824 6 1,947 13
2004 223 19 21,437 6 4,420 13
2005 246 19 24,515 6 6,257 10
2006 227 19 26,985 6 8,125 9
2007 263 20 30,387 5 10,086 9
2008 423 20 31,486 5 11,718 9
2009 328 20 26,995 5 12,366 8
2010 344 20 29,172 5 13,317 8
2011 363 20 30,676 5 13,938 8
2012 442 19 30,310 5 16,948 8
Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated : 03/2014
The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from the PATSTAT database (for statistics by field of technology). Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
One filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
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