Statistical Country Profiles

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Population (Million): 25.55 (2018)

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IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

7,987

 

 

 

2010

8,055

 

 

 

2011

7,968

 

 

 

2012

8,364

 

 

 

2013

 

 

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

 

2016

 

 

 

 

2017

 

 

 

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

7,956

55

31

2010

8,018

39

37

2011

7,956

39

12

2012

8,354

27

10

2013

 

 

43

2014

 

 

41

2015

 

 

23

2016

 

 

66

2017

 

 

57

2018

 

 

63

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

6,129

18

4

2010

6,243

47

20

2011

6,205

37

7

2012

6,520

30

8

2013

 

 

50

2014

 

 

3

2015

 

 

11

2016

 

 

13

2017

 

 

8

2018

 

 

31

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2009

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

 

2014

 

2015

 

2016

 

2017

 

2018

 

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

 

2010

 

 

1

2011

 

 

 

2012

 

 

1

2013

 

 

 

2014

 

 

1

2015

 

 

1

2016

 

 

 

2017

 

 

 

2018

 

 

1

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

95

2010

 

 

471

2011

 

 

88

2012

 

 

154

2013

 

 

108

2014

 

 

540

2015

 

 

348

2016

 

 

431

2017

 

 

232

2018

 

 

420

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

66

2010

 

 

294

2011

 

 

193

2012

 

 

129

2013

 

 

117

2014

 

 

312

2015

 

 

516

2016

 

 

373

2017

 

 

342

2018

 

 

640

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

21

2010

 

 

1

2011

 

 

10

2012

 

 

11

2013

 

 

180

2014

 

 

2

2015

 

 

379

2016

 

 

37

2017

 

 

32

2018

 

 

235

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

23

2010

 

 

13

2011

 

 

24

2012

 

 

9

2013

 

 

114

2014

 

 

26

2015

 

 

10

2016

 

 

35

2017

 

 

37

2018

 

 

1

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

1

2

2

2010

4

5

 

2011

4

2

 

2012

3

2

 

2013

1

3

 

2014

4

7

 

2015

6

7

 

2016

4

7

 

2017

2

6

 

2018

2

8

 

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

55

24

2010

 

37

26

2011

 

39

8

2012

 

27

7

2013

 

 

28

2014

 

 

29

2015

 

 

20

2016

 

 

19

2017

 

 

16

2018

 

 

40

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

COMPAGNIE DE COMMERCE DE ROUNSAN

 

 

1

KUMGANGSAN SPECIAL ZONE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURISM (KUMGANGSAN INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COMPANY)

 

 

1

O-IL GENERAL HEALTH DRINKS FACTORY

 

 

1

SAMWON IT CO.

 

 

1

USINE DE SAVONS DE RYONGAKSAN

 

 

1

USINE DES DENREES ALIMENTAIRES DE TAEDONGGANG

 

 

1

USINE DES FOURNITURES SCOLAIRES DE PYONGYANG

 

 

1

USINE DES PRODUITS DE MERSAUMURES DE KUMSANPHO

 

 

1

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 10/2019

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. 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 European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) 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.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. For example, the offices of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (US) as well as many European IP offices have multi-class filing systems. The offices of Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico follow a single-class filing system, requiring a separate application for each class in which an applicant seeks trademark protection. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.