South Korea - Country Commercial Guide
South Korea - Intellectual Property Protection

Provides advice on IPR protection, including information on the registration of patents and trademarks.

Last published date: 2020-09-21

Korea was mentioned several times in the 2018 Special 301 report though it is not on any watch list ranking (https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2020_Special_301_Report.pdf).

In any foreign market companies should consider several general principles for effective protection of their intellectual property. For background, please link to our article on Protecting Intellectual Property (at https://www.uscib.org/register-and-apply-ud-859/) and Stopfakes.gov or contact ITA’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights Director, Stevan Mitchell at Stevan.Mitchell@trade.gov.

For an IPR snapshot of Korea, please visit https://www.stopfakes.gov/IPR-Toolkits

IP Attaché Contact (For Korea)

Please contact our office at office.seoul@trade.gov for your IPR issues.