About KIPO




- Held the 12th IP5 Heads of Office Meeting in Incheon.

- Surpassed 2 Million Total Patent Registrations.

2017 - Held "Heads of IP Offices Conference".
2016 - Held "Global IP-Sharing Korea" event.
2015 - Korea's 50th Invention Day.

- Deposited accession to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.

- Held the 7th IP5 Heads Meeting in Busan.

2013 - Established Intellectual Property Protection & International Cooperation Bureau.
2012 - Launched KIPOnet Ⅲ system

- Established the PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Division.

- The number of registered patent surpassed 1 million.


- Restructured its organization to more efficient one in line with the new government's policy of streamlining government organizations.

- Held the 2nd IP5 Heads Meeting in Jeju.

2006 - Changed the legal status of KIPO to a central executive agency under the Act on Establishment and Operation of Executive Agencies
2004 - Renamed the International Patent Training Center to the International Intellectual Property Training Institute
2003 - Joined the Madrid Protocol
2000 - Renamed the Korean Industrial Property Office to the Korean Intellectual Property Office
1999 - Launched the KIPOnet system

- Moved the main office from Seoul to Daejeo

- Launched the Intellectual Property Trial and appeal Board.

- Established the Seoul branch office.

1991 - Relocated the International Patent Training Center from Seoul to Daejeon
1987 - Opened the International Patent Training Center
1984 - Joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty
1980 - Joined the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
1977 - Established as an external administration of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under the name of Korean Industrial Property Office (KIPO)
1967 - Joined the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
1949 - Established as an external bureau of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under the name of Patent Bureau



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This symbol conveys a dynamic expression of Taegeuk, which is the pattern placed in the center of the Korean national flag, through the unity of the colors blue and red.


It represents the Korean government's dedication to creating a bright future through the ideal integration of the nation with its people, Korea with the rest of the world, as well as the past with the present.


Adopting the prototype colors of Taegeuk, KIPO's symbol maximizes the beauty of being Korean while expressing Korea's cultural sophistication.