WTR 1000 2022

WTR 1000 - the World's Leading Trademark Professionals - a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

South Korea

South Korea’s trademark landscape is entering a new phase of productivity. Despite the challenges brought on by the covid-19 pandemic, trademark applications rose by 10.9% in 2020. Fast forward to the first quarter of 2021 and the country has witnessed a further uptick in local trademark filings – the Korean...

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South Korea’s trademark landscape is entering a new phase of productivity. Despite the challenges brought on by the covid-19 pandemic, trademark applications rose by 10.9% in 2020. Fast forward to the first quarter of 2021 and the country has witnessed a further uptick in local trademark filings – the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) recorded a 22.4% increase in applications from domestic applicants. On the regulatory front, a major *en banc* ruling from the Supreme Court has reformed proceedings substantially. Going forward, the first-to-file rule under the Korean Trademark Act forms the grounds for rejection and invalidation – the use of a later-registered trademark now constitutes infringement.

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