Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Intellectual property rights are defined as the legal rights bestowed upon a person’s intellectual creation that is considered worthy of receiving legal protection.

Types of intellectual property rights

Industrial property rights


Utility model

Design right




Neighboring right


Patent application and examination process flowchart

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Trademark examination process flowchart

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Design application and examination flowchart

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Efforts to protect intellectual property rights

Reinforcement of the protection of intellectual property rights

  • Establishment of a world-class intellectual property service system
  • Related laws and system improvements
  • Prevention of counterfeit products distribution
  • Efforts to educate the public about intellectual property rights protection
  • Information on intellectual property rights and counseling services

Intensification of international cooperation

  • Intensification of multinational cooperation
    (IP5: KoreaㆍU.S.ㆍJapanㆍChinaㆍEurope)
  • Intensification of bilateral cooperation
  • International patent application system according to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
  • Protection of internationally recognized trademarks


Contact for inquiries concerning industrial property rights
(patents, trademarks and designs)

Korea Intellectual Property Office Call Center (+82-1544-8080)

Contacts for inquiries concerning copyrights

Korea Copyright Committee ( / +82-2-2660-0000)
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (+82-44-203-2000)
(Division in charge: Copyright Policy Division under the Cultural Contents Project Office)

KOTRASUH Sung-bongExecutive Consultant

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