Statistical Country Profiles



Republic of Korea

Population (Million): 51.71 (2019)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 2,205.97 (2019)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2010

178,654

182,219

85,830

1,706.20

2011

187,752

188,139

86,391

1,769.09

2012

203,835

206,584

113,203

1,811.59

2013

223,527

251,001

154,147

1,868.92

2014

230,553

253,621

130,284

1,928.78

2015

238,185

347,354

138,740

1,982.96

2016

233,801

324,412

130,743

2,041.39

2017

226,614

297,087

121,841

2,105.89

2018

232,021

350,462

114,648

2,162.01

2019

248,427

378,259

159,468

2,205.97

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

131,805

38,296

46,849

2011

138,034

40,890

49,718

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

69,460

2019

171,603

47,372

76,824

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2019

94,852

30,809

46,700

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

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

2019

1,048,079

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2019

4,975

472

1,092

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

43,145

89,379

2015

191,470

44,604

155,884

2016

183,620

48,180

140,792

2017

181,218

49,263

115,869

2018

207,953

55,994

142,509

2019

228,515

55,557

149,744

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

48,302

40,407

46,208

2011

64,846

51,008

49,879

2012

71,589

38,603

53,919

2013

91,252

43,951

60,508

2014

93,020

41,772

84,755

2015

110,482

49,425

86,666

2016

117,181

43,883

138,964

2017

111,059

49,627

120,314

2018

109,385

52,288

124,894

2019

119,267

55,994

133,177

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

55,369

3,835

30,461

2011

54,300

4,271

32,091

2012

60,867

4,602

52,336

2013

65,485

4,569

88,662

2014

63,083

5,481

67,201

2015

65,895

6,918

72,845

2016

62,631

6,662

68,112

2017

60,402

7,080

61,439

2018

60,077

8,233

54,571

2019

61,364

7,996

98,104

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

32,840

2,343

26,527

2011

40,579

3,055

31,518

2012

43,427

4,243

45,926

2013

44,889

4,150

76,849

2014

51,375

5,832

78,305

2015

49,967

6,477

72,760

2016

50,269

6,518

72,298

2017

44,056

6,050

59,078

2018

44,171

6,507

54,625

2019

46,117

7,072

77,155

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

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

16,919

1,286

922

2019

19,073

1,391

1,175

2020

20,060

1,578

1,146

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

344

29,172

13,317

2011

363

30,676

13,943

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

28,076

2019

1,226

37,795

32,160

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

1,997

2,334

3,093

LG ELECTRONICS INC.

1,697

1,646

2,759

LG CHEM, LTD.

969

1,624

1,374

LG INNOTEK CO. LTD.

235

281

252

POSCO

236

290

252

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.

3

12

220

SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

113

136

146

HANYANG UNIVERSITY

89

113

124

KOREA UNIVERSITY

72

93

118

KT & G CORPORATION

19

42

110

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION

28

52

48

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY

12

9

44

COUPANG CORP.

28

18

41

KIA MOTORS CORPORATION

5

9

37

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

74

48

33

SPIGEN KOREA CO., LTD.

7

34

13

LG HOUSEHOLD & HEALTH CARE LTD.

30

8

12

CELLTRION, INC.

2

3

11

HAITAI ICECREAM CO., LTD.

 

 

11

ETUDE CORPORATION

1

3

10

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

863

929

859

LG ELECTRONICS INC.

715

598

478

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY

115

57

141

KIA MOTORS CORPORATION

31

29

35

DAE HAN STEEL CO., LTD

 

 

28

SANGCHUL GIL

 

 

12

GEUN HYEONG LEE

 

 

11

WELLBEINGSOFT INC.

 

4

11

SOON GYU PARK

 

 

9

TORNADO SYSTEMS CO., LTD.

1

 

8

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 03/2021

• 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 application at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC Patent Office) is multiplied by the corresponding number of member states ; whereas one application at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one application abroad if the applicant does not reside in a member state, or as one resident application and one application abroad (two applications) if the applicant resides in a member state, due to lack of information on designations.
• 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. 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: Department for Economics and Data Analytics, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: ipstats.mail@wipo.int.