North Korea (KP)
01-01-2011 (Newsletter Issue 1/11)
Name of Trademark Office Changed
The name of the Trademark Office in North Korea has been changed from Trademark and Industrial Design Department of the State Administration for Quality Management into Trademark, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications Office of the DPR Korea in December 2010.
Source: NAMSANJAE Patent & Trademark Agency, Pyongyang, DPR Korea
Legal basis is the Trademark Act of 1999.
North Korea is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, devices as well as other suitable signs and any combination of the mentioned signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks and collective marks.
The application is filed at the Department of Trademarks and Industrial Designs.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A non-legalised power of attorney is sufficient.
A document attesting the legal existence of the enterprise (e.g. an extract from the commercial register) is necessary.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks.
The processing time from first filing to registration or first office action is approx. 12 months. After registration, the trademark is published in the Gazette.
There are no provisions for filing opposition against a trademark registration.
Opposition against designation of IR Mark
(The period starts from the national publication date, if not stated differently):
no opposition period
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application.
The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
If for a continuous period of at least 5 years the trademark has not been used, it may be subject to cancellation.
Application Fees upon request.
|Word Mark Search (availability)
|Word Mark Search (identical)
|Extended Search (word mark, company name, domain)
|Device Mark Search (availability)
|Trademark Owner Search
|Company Name Search
|Domain Name Search (extended)
|i-Search (word mark availability + legal opinion)
The Prices above are S.M.D. Markeur Search Fees