We provide online services for patent and trademark applications and issuances/registrations operated by licensed patent attorneys before the Korean Intellectual Property Office. In S. Korea, only a LICENSED PATENT ATTORNEY has full expertise in and is allowed to deal with intellectual properties including patents, trademarks, etc. pursuant to the Patent Attorney Act.

1. Online Service – File a Patent Application in S. Korea

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Satisfactory Fees in 2021!

Basic Fees:

USD 701.50 (including official fees including filing and claiming 1 (one) convention priority)

Additional Fees:

translation fee of USD 26.00 19.50 per 100 English words
(25% OFF)
examination official fee of USD 187 + 44 x # of claims
official fees for 1 (one) additional convention priority, USD 18.00

Our Filing Procedures

  1. Once we receive your information (PCT application no., applicant(s), the legal status thereof, # of English words to be translated to Korean, etc.), we will prepare an estimation of fees and costs and a Power of Attorney form for signature.
  2. Once we receive the signed Power of Attorney form, we will proceed with the patent application within 14-30 days.
  3. After filing, we will send you a New Application Report.

2. Online Service – File a Trademark Application In S. Korea: Fixed Fees Of USD 392.00 Only (Including Official Fees Of USD 62.00)

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Fixed Fees

Fixed Application Fees

Filing Fees for a 1-class application (20 or less designated goods/services for each class) are USD 392.00 only (legal fees of USD 330 and official fees of 62.00) – no hidden fees. If you wish for multiple-class applications, we charge USD 262.00 (legal fees of USD 200 and official fees of USD 62.00) for each additional class.

Free Office Action Reports

If a preliminary rejection (office actions) is issued by the Korea Intellectual Property Office, we will provide a report, without any charge. The costs to respond to an office action will vary; however, for the most frequent office actions (unclear descriptions), it would not generally incur more than USD 400.

Registration Fees

Upon registration, we charge USD 362.62 (legal fees of USD 142.50 and official fees of USD 220.12). And we provide you with the Trademark Certificate and the Trademark Registry.

“392.00 + 362.62 = 754.62”

Total Fees

If the application goes smoothly to registration without an office action, the total fees will be USD 754.62 and nothing more.

What we need to file your application

  • Full Applicant Name
  • Full Applicant Address
  • Mark
  • List Of Goods and/or Services
  • A Copy Of Your Passport (if an individual)

** If the number of designated goods/services for each class is more than 20, USD 10.00 per excess good/service may be charged additionally.

How long does it take to get a trademark registered in S. Korea?

It generally takes 8 – 12 months from application to registration, assuming smooth application.

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Trademarks distinguish the source of goods and services.

Our Filing Procedures

  1. Once we receive your information (applicant info, mark, goods/services), we will prepare a Power of Attorney form for signature.
  2. We will confirm the goods/services with you.
  3. Once we receive the signed Power of Attorney form and the payment, we will proceed with the trademark application within 1-2 business days.
  4. After filing, we will send you a New Application Report.

Filing Request

We are all licensed patent attorneys and skilled in filing trademark applications in S. Korea. If you wish to step further with us:

Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding Urgent Cases

Q1. Is there any consideration that should be taken into consideration when filing needs to be done urgently?

The applicant code for an applicant or a right-holder is a number assigned by the Korean Intellectual Property Office for identifying the applicant or the right-holder. If the applicant does not have his/her/its own applicant code, a request for an applicant code should be filed before any other procedures. It usually takes 1-3 days, therefore, please be aware of such a request if you or your client is new to the KIPO.

Regarding a PCT national phase entry in South Korea
Regarding a Petition for Revoking a Patent or Utility Model

Q1. When is the petition for revoking a patent or utility model allowed?

The so-called opposition had been abolished, and instead, now a petition for revoking a patent or utility model is available for 6 months after the date of public notice of registration of the patent or the utility model. The procedure of the petition is document-based (excluding meetings or hearings) and there is no plaintiff-defendant relation since it is an extended procedure of patent prosecution.  Furthermore, its dismissal cannot be disputed.

Q2. What of the petition differs from that of a trial to invalidate a patent or utility model?

The procedure of the trial is dealt with by the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board and is document-based but includes hearings if needed. There are a plaintiff and a defendant of the trial and the latter is the right-holder of the patent. Also, its dismissal can be disputed by further appeals before the Patent Court and Supreme Court.

Q3. Is a Power of Attorney required?

The power of attorney duly executed by your (or your client) is commonly necessary. Unless it is a “General” Power of Attorney, it may be sent to us via email. Please refer to the link: /downloadable-docs/

Q4. Is an original PCT text of the patent or utility model required?

No. Under the Korean patent practice, an examiner at the KIPO should consider only the Korean translation, not the original PCT text unless there is a certain translation error.

Q5. How much does it cost?

The petition costs a professional fee and official fee as shown in our schedule of fees. The professional fee is charged on a time-spent basis at hourly billing rates. Please refer to the link: /service-fees/

Regarding Proof of Address of or a Request for Change of Record of an Applicant (or a Right-holder)

Q1. When is proof of address required?

The KIPO always identifies a firm by its business name as well as its address. If the address is changed, a problem may occur. For example, if the address of an applicant on the PCT publication is different from the address of the application being held (e.g. with respect to a previous Korean application or a Korean national entry) by the KIPO, a Korean national entry of the PCT application cannot be done without proof of a change of address of the applicant.

Q2. What should be included in the proof?

The Proof should include the business name of the applicant, the previous address, and the new address of the applicant.

Q3. Does it need to be notarized?

Yes. The KIPO accepts only a NOTARIZED proof of a change of address. The notarization should be valid in your jurisdiction. If the notarization cannot be in English or Korean, please provide us with its English or Korean translation also. We understand that such notarization is very inconvenient, however, the KIPO is quite sticky to it according to the Enforcement Decree and Rule of the Korean Patent Act.

Q4. Does it need to be notarized even if it is issued by the government?

The proof document to be submitted before the KIPO needs to be notarized by a notary public EVEN IF it is issued by the government of your country.