Statistical Country Profiles

Republic of Korea

Population (Million): 51.64 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 1,898.96 (2018)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

170,233

168,917

77,201

1,412.32

2010

178,654

182,219

85,853

1,504.07

2011

187,751

188,139

86,397

1,559.45

2012

203,835

206,584

113,250

1,595.20

2013

223,527

251,001

154,150

1,641.40

2014

230,553

253,621

130,287

1,696.24

2015

238,185

347,354

138,749

1,743.57

2016

233,801

324,325

130,743

1,794.65

2017

226,614

296,951

121,840

1,849.61

2018

232,020

350,330

114,337

1,898.97

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

127,316

36,207

42,917

2010

131,805

38,296

46,849

2011

138,034

40,890

49,717

2012

148,136

40,779

55,699

2013

159,978

44,611

63,549

2014

164,073

46,219

66,480

2015

167,275

46,419

70,910

2016

163,424

45,406

70,377

2017

159,084

45,691

67,530

2018

162,561

47,431

69,459

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

42,129

14,603

21,675

2010

51,404

17,439

24,596

2011

72,258

22,462

25,444

2012

84,061

29,406

28,050

2013

95,667

31,663

28,172

2014

97,294

32,492

30,100

2015

76,319

25,554

32,789

2016

82,400

26,475

38,145

2017

90,847

29,815

40,730

2018

89,227

29,785

42,685

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2009

637,197

2010

640,412

2011

678,005

2012

738,312

2013

812,595

2014

885,959

2015

912,442

2016

950,526

2017

970,889

2018

1,001,163

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

16,801

343

189

2010

13,193

468

296

2011

11,462

392

311

2012

11,899

525

429

2013

10,463

505

332

2014

8,754

430

422

2015

8,294

417

801

2016

7,395

372

972

2017

6,451

360

957

2018

5,768

464

1,121

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

134,019

43,796

34,898

2010

129,993

40,769

52,226

2011

132,866

38,878

55,273

2012

140,908

41,448

65,676

2013

158,060

42,029

92,941

2014

164,242

43,141

89,379

2015

191,470

44,604

155,884

2016

183,620

48,180

140,705

2017

181,218

49,258

115,733

2018

207,953

56,023

142,377

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

45,427

30,262

29,979

2010

48,302

40,407

46,208

2011

64,846

51,008

49,879

2012

71,589

38,600

53,919

2013

91,252

43,951

60,502

2014

93,020

41,772

84,755

2015

110,484

49,423

86,668

2016

117,181

43,883

138,950

2017

111,059

49,626

120,316

2018

109,385

52,279

124,845

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

56,391

3,146

20,810

2010

55,369

3,835

30,484

2011

54,300

4,271

32,097

2012

60,867

4,602

52,383

2013

65,485

4,569

88,665

2014

63,083

5,481

67,204

2015

65,895

6,918

72,854

2016

62,631

6,662

68,112

2017

60,402

7,080

61,438

2018

60,075

7,979

54,262

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

30,806

2,915

21,315

2010

32,840

2,343

26,504

2011

40,579

3,055

31,512

2012

43,427

4,243

45,879

2013

44,889

4,150

76,846

2014

51,375

5,832

78,302

2015

49,967

6,477

72,751

2016

50,269

6,518

72,295

2017

44,056

6,050

59,074

2018

44,171

6,507

54,614

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

8,040

265

 

2010

9,604

360

 

2011

10,357

472

 

2012

11,787

503

 

2013

12,381

573

1

2014

13,119

661

63

2015

14,564

947

531

2016

15,555

940

1,270

2017

15,751

1,034

1,019

2018

17,014

1,305

922

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

328

26,995

12,366

2010

344

29,172

13,317

2011

363

30,676

13,942

2012

442

30,310

16,929

2013

730

34,438

18,504

2014

888

36,224

20,288

2015

899

36,271

22,410

2016

1,127

35,966

24,215

2017

894

36,354

25,312

2018

915

37,324

28,075

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

1,672

1,757

1,997

LG ELECTRONICS INC.

1,888

1,945

1,697

LG CHEM, LTD.

671

850

969

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.

116

103

288

POSCO

107

204

236

LG INNOTEK CO. LTD.

203

325

235

SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

122

119

137

AMOREPACIFIC CORP.

89

133

132

KT CORP.

45

47

103

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

87

109

94

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

43

61

73

LOTTE CORPORATION

 

 

42

LG HOUSEHOLD & HEALTH CARE LTD.

 

1

30

AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION

12

8

28

COUPANG CORP.

 

2

28

TEMTREE CO., LTD.

 

 

27

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY

32

6

14

BODY FRIEND CO., LTD.

 

 

13

PUBG CORPORATION

 

 

10

SEOUL SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.

 

9

9

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

822

626

863

LG ELECTRONICS INC.

353

608

715

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY

29

115

115

KIA MOTORS CORPORATION

58

62

31

CHI YONG-KYU

 

 

7

KUMHO TIRE CO., INC

3

6

6

AFROBA CO., LTD.

 

1

5

LEE, GEUN HYEONG

 

 

5

LEE, SANG HO

 

 

5

DORCO CO., LTD.

 

 

4

 

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.