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Trademark Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (as amended up to Decree No. 2614 of March 11, 2008, of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly)

Year of current version:2008
Date of entry into force of original text:June 14, 1998
Date of Text (Enacted):June 14, 1998
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, IP Regulatory Body, Trademarks
Notes:
The Trademark Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is divided into 5 chapters: Chapter 1 on Fundamental Principles, Chapter 2 on Application for Trademark Registration, Chapter 3 on Examination for Trademark Registration, Chapter 4 on Protection of Trademark Right, and Chapter 5 on Guidance and Control over Trademark Administration.

Article 7 states that the DPRK shall promote exchange and cooperation with international organizations and foreign countries in the field of trademark.

Article 34 provides that the period of trademark protection shall be 10 years from the date of application for trademark registration and the period of trademark protection is renewable for every 10 years upon the request of the institutions, enterprises, organizations or citizens that own the trademark.
Article 36 provides that the application for renewal of the trademark protection with the Trademark Registration Office shall be filed within 6 months before the expiry of the term; if necessary, the application aforementioned may be filed with 6 months after the expiry.

Article 49 provides for administrative or penal liability for trademark infringement.
Article 50 refers to settlement of trademark infringement through consultation, the Trademark Registration Office or the State Trademark Examination Committee for settlement, a Court or an arbitration organ for settlement.
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WIPO Lex No.:KP002

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