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It is not possible to present trademark applications written in foreign languages, as KIPO accepts applications in Korean only.
The Paris Convention route and Madrid System are both available for trademark applications in Korea.
Trademarks, Service marks, Collective marks, Business emblems
: Non-distinctive marks such as common name marks and descriptive marks
: Marks identical or similar to another person's previously registered or applied trademark
: Marks identical or similar to another person's well-known or famous trademark.
The NICE classification system of goods and services has been adopted, and a single application covering multiple classes is available.
Trademark Application (with personal data such as the applicant's name, address and nationality, a trademark specimen, and description of the designated goods/services) and a Power of Attorney
Substantial examination shall be applied only to a trademark application that passes the formality examination. The substantial examination procedure considers all absolute and relative reasons for rejection.

When the examiner finds no grounds for rejection, the trademark application concerned is published in the Korean Trademark Gazette. When there is a reason for rejection, the applicant is entitled to a notification of the reasons for refusal and given an opportunity to submit a written statement of arguments against the reasons for refusal.
Within 30 days from the trademark publication date, any third party can file an opposition to the published mark. Once an opposition is filed, the trademark applicant is notified and will then be given an opportunity to file a response to the opposition.
It generally takes about 8 to 10 months from the filing date of a trademark application to receive an official communication from the examiner. Accordingly, a trademark registration may be granted within 12 to 15 months unless a further official action or opposition delays the process.
The term of a registered trademark is 10 years and may be renewed every 10 years.