Republic of Korea (South)


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Classification International, Nice 9th Edition
Goods and services can be registered
Priority Convention priority can be claimed
Renewal 10 years from the registration date and every 10 years thereafter
Use provisions Non-use of a mark for a period of 3 years from registration renders it open to an action for cancellation by third parties.
Types of Patent

PCT national phase

Substantive with or without priority claim

Priority Convention priority can be claimed
Duration 20 years from the effective filing date
Annuities Annuities are payable after examination of a patent application but prior to grant of a patent, and the fees for the first three years must be paid together with the registration fees, within three months of receipt of the decision to grant a patent.  
Priority Convention priority can be claimed
Duration Under the revised Design Act, in cases where the filing date is on or after 1st July 2014, the term of a design right expires after 20 years from the Korean filing date
Renewal The 1st to 3rd year renewal fees are due upon receiving the decision to grant a design registration from the Designs Registry.  The 4th to 20th renewal fees may be paid annually, or as a lump sum payment.