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North Korea (KP)

Online you can see a limited part of information about this country.
More in-depth details are available for the following aspects:

     General Trademark Regulations
     Grace Period for Trademark Renewal

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Nov 19, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 16/19)
Accession to Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement
WIPO informed that North Korea has accessed to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications ("Geneva Act") on October 8, 2019.

The Geneva Act will enter into force three months after the accession of five eligible parties.

For more information, please click here


Jun 28, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 12/16)
Ratification to Singapore Treaty
WIPO announced the ratification to the Singapore Treaty by North Korea.

In conformity with Article 28(3), the said Treaty will enter into force on September 13, 2016.


Jun 28, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 12/16)
Accession to Hague Agreement
WIPO announced the accession to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, adopted at Geneva (the "Geneva Act") by North Korea on June 13, 2016.

The Geneva Act will enter into force on September 13, 2016.


Jan 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 1998 which was amended and supplemented in 1999, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2016.
North Korea is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.
Trademark protection is based on the "first-to-file" principle.
Nice classification, 11th edition
Article 2 of the Trademark Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) stipulates that:
A trademark is a sign capable of distinguishing the goods or services produced or provided by one enterprise from those of other enterprises, including letters, devices, numerals, symbols, colors, three-dimensional shapes or any combination of these elements.

There are types of trademarks, service marks, collective marks, certification marks and etc.

According to article of 21 of the Trademark Law, the following signs shall not be registered as a trademark:
1. those identical with or similar to a trademark that has been registered;
2. those consist of a country name or relevant abbreviation, or of the form identical with or similar to the national emblem, flag, order or medal;
3. those contrary to laws, public morals or good manners and customs, of the DPRK;
4. those which contains exclusive or deceptive contents related to the goods or services;
5. those which indicates solely name, composition, usage, characteristics and the like, of the goods;
6. the inspection and authentication marks, the simple number, the geometric signs, or the marks or signs that are no more than specific technical terms or symbol;
7. those identical with or similar to the trademark that has been exhibited at exhibitions and shows;
8. those made of the name, abbreviation, flag or signal of the international organization which the DPRK has acceded to or the foreign institutions, or those contrary to the international laws and international customs;
9. those identical with or similar to a well-known trademark.
The application is filed at the Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications Office.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A non-legalised and non-notarized 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 where an official filing receipt will be issued by the Trademark Registration Office within 3 months from the filing date.
It also includes a substantive examination – an examination of distinctiveness and a search of prior trademarks. The Office notification of the examination result will be issued within 6 months from the filing date.
The marks that are preliminarily approved for registration are published in an online system, and trademark attorneys in North Korea can access this information for opposition purposes.
Upon payment of registration fees within 3 months from the decision of protection, Certificate of Registration is issued.
It takes about 9 months to obtain the Certificate of Registration from the filing date of the trademark application.
Registered trademarks are published in the Gazette of the Trademark Office.
Opposition must be filed within 12 months from the trademark application date.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application.
Practical details on grace periods for trademark renewals are available in our publication here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is EUR 296 in one class and EUR 110 for each additional class. The registration fee is EUR 256 in one class and EUR 60 for each additional class.

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SMD Group thanks the following law firms for their assictance in updating the information provided.

Jul 28, 2021
Pyongyang IP Centre, Pyongyang, North Korea

Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications Office of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (TIDGIO)
Pyongchon District
Pyongyang DPRK
North Korea
Tel +850 18 111 (ext. 8149)
Fax +850 23 81 44 10

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8