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What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in South Korea?

The sequence of the trademark application is as follows: 

  1. Examination – Several elements will be examined and the mark being applied for should comply in terms of:
    1. Formalities
    2. Classifications
    3. Clarity
    4. Descriptiveness
    5. Distinctiveness
    6. Deceptiveness
    7. Conflict with earlier registrations
  2. Publication – The following details will be posted online so that third parties will have the chance to file for an opposition case:
    1. Mark
    2. Name and address of applicant
    3. State/country of incorporation of applicant
    4. Citizenship of applicant
    5. Goods/services
    6. Date and number of application
    7. Information on priority claim
    8. Trademark representation
  3. Registration – The registration certificate will be issued once opposition cases are resolved and won.

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