Register a Trade Mark in South Korea
Trademark applications in South Korea must be made in the Korean language. Also, if you are a foreigner, the application must be made through a practicing trademark attorney in Korea. As a contracting party of the Paris Convention, the Republic of Korea recognizes well-known or famous marks and restricts their registration. Otherwise, South Korea is a first-to-file regime, so unregistered marks are generally unrecognized as valid reasons for opposing a trademark registration. Korea also has a slightly modified classification system for trademarks. These and other complexities make hiring an expert to help you with your Korea Trade Mark application imperative.
Additional Class in South Korea
Please select additional classes if there is more than one category of classification you wish to register for. Each additional category will cover the Official filing fees and our professional charges.
South Korea Trade Mark One-Stop-Shop
We provide everything you need to register and thereby protect your trademark in South Korea.
We will have your trade mark ready for you in 360 days.
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Our team of trade mark experts will advise you on anything and everything you need to properly register your trade mark in South Korea.
Our trade mark registration package takes care of everything you need to register your trade mark in South Korea, including advice on strategy and classification.
- Trade mark search
- Advice on strategy
- Advice on classification
Copyrights, Designs, Patents And Trade Marks
A copyright is a form of protection provided to authors for their original work. This includes creative and intellectual work like:
The owner has exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute or perform the work publicity.
Copyright do not require registration and the owner will have protection in most countries.
A trademark is a sign which distinguishes a company’s product or service from its competitors. A trademark can be a:
The owner has exclusive rights touse the trade mark and legally prevent its unauthorized use.
Trade marks are specific to a country or a union like the EU. Trade marks for 10 years.
A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the government to an inventor for the exclusive exploitation of their invention.
The owner has legal rights to exclude others from making. using or selling the patent.
Patents are specific to a country. A patent normally lasts for 20 years.
A registered design is protection provided to the appearance of a product or part of a product. It defines how a product looks.
The owner has legal protection from others copying the design for their product.
Registered designs are specific to a country. A registered design normally lasts for 25 years.
Trade Mark Search
Idiosyncrasies in Korean trade mark law make it imperative to conduct a trade mark search before filing for a trade mark in South Korea.
Advice on Strategy
Registering a South Korean trademark requires an overall strategy to ensure the highest possible chances of success. We will assist you with an overall trademark registration strategy.
Advice on Classification
There are 45 classes into which a trademark can fall. Assigning your South Korea trademark into the correct categories is crucial to avoid deficiencies in the filing.
Once we have established a proper strategy and classification for your South Korea trademark, we will take care of all the complexities involved in filing your trademark application and keeping tabs on its progress!
How it Works
Check the product out in your shopping cart
Simply add the product you need to your shopping cart and then check it out to start your South Korea trade mark registration process.
Answer some questions
We will send you some simple questions for you to fill in so that we can properly prepare for registering your trade mark. If needed, we’ll get in touch with you directly for more information.
Sit back and relax
Let us do the work to set up your South Korea trademark. We’ll get in touch with you any time there is something that needs to be addressed.
You might want to celebrate after the trademark is approved. It’s a huge achievement. We’ll celebrate right along with you!
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Here are some common questions about registering a trade mark in South Korea.
How long is a South Korea trade mark valid for?
Ten years. It can be renewed indefinitely.
What happens if I don’t use my trade mark for a few years?
Unlike many other jurisdictions, South Korea has no requirements for actually using a trademark once it has been registered.
What is the “trade mark squatting” scene like in South Korea?
Korea has no requirements for showing the intent of use when registering a trademark. Such an approach can open the door for trademark squatting, a serious issue in South Korea. Recent amendments to the Korean Trademark Act have afforded well-known brands some protection in the matter of squatters, but the problem will continue to exist unless the use of trademarks is enforced, and stronger measures to prevent cybersquatters are adopted.
Your only defense in regimes such as this is to register your trademark in as many jurisdictions as possible and to do it early.
What cannot be registered as a trade mark in South Korea?
There are numerous restrictions on what can be registered as a trade mark. Here are just some of them:
- Misleading or deceptive mark
- Not distinctive or too generic
- Conflict with well-known marks or earlier marks
- Personal names
- Well-known company names
- Immoral or against public order
- Unauthorized use of national insignia, national emblems, coats of arms, flags
- And more
There is no need to know this entire list. We will assist you as needed in determining if the mark is likely to be objected to when you sign up for our South Korean trade mark registration service.
What classification system is used for marks in South Korea?
Korea uses a hybrid of its own defunct Korean classification system and the internationally recognized NICE Classification. This can add some confusion when registering a mark in Korea. We will assist you in determining the correct classes when applying for your Korean trademark.