About KIPO



1949 Established as an external bureau of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under the name of Patent Bureau
1967 Joined the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
1977 Established as an external administration of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under the name of Korean Industrial Property Office (KIPO)
1980 Joined the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
1984 Joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty
1987 Opened the International Patent Training Center
1991 Relocated the International Patent Training Center from Seoul to Daejeon
1998 Moved the main office from Seoul to Daejeon and Launched the Intellectual Property Tribunal Established the Seoul branch office
1999 Launched the KIPOnet system
2000 Renamed the Korean Industrial Property Office to the Korean Intellectual Property Office
2003 Joined the Madrid Protocol
2004 Renamed the International Patent Training Center to the International Intellectual Property Training Institute
2006 Changed the legal status of KIPO to a central executive agency under the Act on Establishment and Operation of Executive Agencies
2008 Restructured its organization to a smaller and more efficient one in line with the new government's policy of streamlining government organizations
2011 Established the PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Division
2012 Launched KIPOnet Ⅲ system


The KIPO logo symbolizes a concave sundial (called Angbu-ilgu in Korean). One of the three best inventions in Korea, the sundial reflects the ingenuity and creativity of our ancestors. Our logo, which combines an image of the sundial with the concept of an invention or a patent, suggests that society can be changed through human intellect.


▶The image of the sundial, along with its red hour hand, represents KIPO's will to achieve customer satisfaction by pursuing specific goals and targets with pinpoint accuracy and reliability.

The rough, flowing brush stroke represents the dynamic, hardworking attitude of KIPO's staff as they lead the knowledge-based society of the twenty-first century.

The circular shape of the sundial represents KIPO's flexibility in promoting new policies and working with the public. It also represents KIPO's open policy whereby the views of the public are reflected throughout KIPO's administration.