Patent Information Promotion Center(PIPC) is a public institution responsible for supporting the activities of KIPO(Korean Intellectual Property Office). PIPC performs prior art searches, IPC assignments and prior trademark & design searches, etc. PIPC also provides value-added IP information services, such as IP research, patent map, IP consulting and IP evaluating services, etc.
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With the recent increase in the number of international patent suits, quality intellectual property has become a key factor in the success of businesses.
Therefore, intangible assets, such as patents, utility models, trademarks and designs, have become the core driving force for technological innovation and competitive advantage for every industry.
PIPC(Patent Information Promotion Center), a public institution affiliated with KIPO(Korean Intellectual Property Office), supports KIPO's policies and offers various patent information services such as IP research, analysis, evaluation and consulting, etc.
PIPC takes pride in making every effort to meet the needs of clients by providing high quality patent information and developing various patent services.
PIPC will continue to provide intellectual property information to industries, research laboratories and academia to encourage creativity, competitiveness and technological advancement.
We look forward to your continued interest and support.
- Prior art search, trademark & design search for KIPO
- IP research and education
- Patent information search for government-funded R&D projects
- Patent Classification assignment
- IP consulting services for technology assessment and trade
- Publication and dissemination of IP information
- Patent information search for the private sector
|Jul. 1995||The KIPRIC founded in affiliation with the KIPA (Article 21, Invention Promotion Act)|
|Aug. 1996||Designated as an institution specializing in prior art search for the KIPO (Article 58, Patent Act)|
|Jan. 2001||Designated as an institution for International Patent Classification assignment for the KIPO (Article 58, Patent Act)|
|Dec. 2001||The KIPI established (Article 32, Civil Act)|
|Feb. 2003||Designated as an institution specializing in trademark search for the KIPO (Section 2, Article 22, Trademark Act)|
|Apr. 2007||Designated as a public institution (Act on the Management of Public Institutions)|
|May 2008||Designated as an institution specializing in design search for the KIPO (Section 2, Article 25, Design Protection Act)|
|Dec. 2008||Designated as an institution specializing in prior art search for the PCT (Article 58, Patent Act)|
|Jul. 2011||The PIPC established|
|Jul. 2014||The PIPC relocated in Daejeon and Installed a branch in Seoul|
- KIPRIC : Korea Industrial Property Rights Information Center
- KIPA : Korea Invention Promotion Association
- KIPI : Korea Institute of Patent Information
- PCT : Patent Cooperation Treaty
Mission / Vision
Support the world’s best high-quality patent examination service based on our professionalism to search, analyze and provide intellectual property information
The world's renowned Intellectual Property (IP) search and analysis center
2 Divisions 2 Office 28 Teams
The symbol of the Patent Information Promotion Center is a form emphasizing dynamic web-based services by combining an oval shape aiming at global services and a shape patterning English initials of the Korea Institute of Patent Information, which is the main institute. The symbol represents the identity of the PIPC that provides patent information services quickly and accurately, and the philosophy and core value of the PIPC that researches and practices all the time in order to offer better services for clients.
The emblem indicates the honor and dignity of the PIPC.
The signature system is to study and systemize how to ideally combine the logotype and the symbol.
|Feb||Korea Institute of Procurement||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|May||Korea Technology Transfer Agents Association||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|June||UAE & KIPO||Mandate of the substantive patent examination for the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES||Agreement|
|Jul||12 Institutions for Regional Innovation||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|Aug||Alumni Network of Science & Technology Institutes||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|Sep||Wert Intelligence / IPTIZEN||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|Nov||Korea Credit Guarantee Fund||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|Feb||Small and Medium Business Convergence Federation||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Mar||Dongguk graduate school of legal affairs||Cooperation on the mutual exchange of lecture development and promotion||Agreement|
|PECC Guangdong||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|Aug||Sungkyunkwan Univ-Industry Collabo||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|Sep||Seoul national Univ-Industry Collabo||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|Dec||LOTTE Members||Patent services and mutual cooperation||Agreement|
|May||Korean American Intellectual Property Bar Association||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Government Excellent Products Association||Cooperation for verification of patent technology application of excellent products||Agreement|
|June||Todagtodag||Sponsorship and volunteering to contribute to the society||Agreement|
|Jul||Seoul Semiconductor||Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Contract|
|Aug||Gachon Univ. Industry-Academic Collaboration Foundation||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Kyungpook Nat’l Univ. Hospital BMRI||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Sep||Korea Drug Research Association||Agreement on mutual business cooperation||Agreement|
|Dec||IPET||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Jan||Korea Automotive Technology Institute||Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Contract|
|Jun||INNOBIZ Association||Support for the Inno-Biz business via IP-Infrastructure and service||Agreement|
|Jul||Public Procurement Service||Cooperation on procurement to check patents for MAS products||Agreement|
|Sep||Korea Federation of SMEs||Cooperation to check patents for joint venture products||Agreement|
|Jan||Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology||Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Contract|
|Korea Intellectual Property Strategy Agency||Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Contract|
|May||Korea Association of Industry, Academy and Research Institute||Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Contract|
|IP Cube Partners||Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Contract|
|Jul||Korea Venture Investment Corp||Cooperation on patent information to promote startup investment||Agreement|
|Aug||Government Procurement Multiple Award Schedule Association||Mutual cooperation for verification of patent technology application of products for procurement||Agreement|
|Apr||Korea Institute of Robot & Convergence||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|May||Seoul Metropolitan City and 5 IP-related organizations||Creation, protection and utilization of intellectual properties||Agreement|
|Aug||Korea Institute of Materials Science||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Eastern Social Welfare Society||Sponsorship and volunteering to contribute to the society||Agreement|
|Sep||Korea Enterprise Data||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Oct||KIPO, Daejeon Metropolitan City, Daejeon International Marketing Enterprise||Construction of a Creative Economy base and IP Stronghold in Daedeok Innopolis||Agreement|
|Feb||Samsung Fine Chemicals||Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Contract|
|Samsung Total||Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Contract|
|Apr||Samsung Securities||Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Contract|
|Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea||Essential patent acquisition, expansion of the base for essential patent acquisition, and search/analysis||Agreement|
|May||Korea Carbon Capture & Sequestration R&D Center||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|July||Asan Medical Center||Provision and utilization of health information contents||Agreement|
|Dec||Seoul Nat’l Univ. of Science & Technology||Increase in the exchange of IP rights and support for trainings||Agreement|
|Mar||Korea Institute of Energy Research||Contract for the outsourcing of patent information services||Contract|
|IP Cube Partners||Contract for the outsourcing of patent information services||Contract|
|Apr||Samsung Medison||Contract for the outsourcing of patent information services||Contract|
|Oct||Kwangwoon Univ. Industry-Academic Collaboration Foundation||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Korea Financial Telecommunications & Clearings Institute||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Nov||Dong-A Univ.||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Landon IP (US)||Establishment of a collaboration system for patent information services||Agreement|
|Korean American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (US)||Provision and utilization of patent information||Agreement|
|Feb||Defense Agency for Technology & Quality||Business agreement on the support for patent information search Mutual exchange of industrial information||Agreement|
|June||Korea Trade Network||Establishment of an interactive cooperation system for the electronic documents project||Agreement|
|Aug||Hongik Univ. MIP Course||Business agreement to foster specialists in IP rights||Agreement|
|Oct||Large & Small Business Cooperation Foundation||Business agreement on the support for patent information search Consulting on IP rights||Agreement|
|Dec||Korea Institute of Construction Technology||Business agreement on the search/analysis of IP rights||Agreement|
|Jan||Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology||Essential patent acquisition and management through R&D on knowledge economy||Agreement|
|Samsung SDS||Contract for the outsourcing of patent information services||Contract|
|Feb||Changwon Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Gyeongnam Intellectual Property Center)||Business agreement on prior art search||Agreement|
|Mar||Bucheon Industry Promotion Foundation||Agreement on the provision of information about prior art and industrial technology||Agreement|
|Apr||Seoul Intellectual Property Center||Business agreement on the support for prior art search||Agreement|
|June||Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning||Business agreement on search/analysis of IP rights||Agreement|
|Mar||Bucheon Industry Promotion Foundation||Agreement on the provision of patent information search services||Agreement|
|Jan||Korea Institute of Construction & Transportation Technology Evaluation and Planning||Extension of the expiration of agreement on new technology authentication||Agreement|
|Mar||Bucheon Industry Promotion Foundation||Search/analysis of IP rights, and mutual exchange of information||Agreement|
|Jan||Ulsan Industry Promotion Technopark Ulsan Innovation Cluster Promotion Task Force||Agreement on the exchange of information about IP rights||Agreement|
|Feb||Hanyang Univ.||Search/analysis of IP rights, and information exchange||Agreement|
|Apr||Sunchon Nat’l Univ.||Search/analysis of IP rights, and mutual exchange of information||Agreement|
|May||Pohang Technopark||Search/analysis of IP rights, and mutual exchange of information||Agreement|
|Pohang Univ. of Science & Technology||Search/analysis of IP rights, and mutual exchange of information||Agreement|
|Chonnam Nat’l Univ.||Search/analysis of IP rights, and mutual exchange of information||Agreement|
|Sep||Korea Disaster Prevention Association||Regarding prior art search for new technology authentication||Agreement|
|Agency for Technology & Standards, Pusan Nat’l Univ.||Search/analysis of IP rights, and mutual exchange of information||Agreement|
|Feb||Korea Institute of Industrial Technology Evaluation & Planning (ITEP)||Search/analysis of IP rights, and information exchange||Agreement|
|Apr||Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials||Business agreement on IP rightsContract for the provision of patent information search services||Agreement Contract|
|May||Korea Electronics Technology Institute||Business agreement on IP rights||Agreement|
|June||Korea Industrial Technology Association||Business agreement on IP rightsContract for the provision of patent information search services||Agreement Contract|
|Korea Institute of Science & Technology Information (KISTI)||Cooperation on the mutual exchange of information about patent technology, science and technology||Agreement|
|July||Gyeonggi Technopark||Business agreement on IP rightsContract for the provision of patent information search services||Agreement Contract|
|Sep||Shinchon Valley||Business agreement on the search/analysis of information about IP rights||Agreement|
|July||Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST)||Business agreement on IP rightsContract for the provision of patent information search services||Agreement Contract|
|Aug||Korea Environment Management Corporation||Business agreement on new technology authentication||Agreement|
|Nov||Institute for Information Technology Advancement (IITA)||Business agreement on the evaluation of national R&D projects||Agreement|
|Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources||Business agreement on IP rightsContract for the provision of patent information search services||Agreement Contract|
|Jan||University Industrial Technology Force||Agreement on the provision of patent information||Agreement|
|May||Busan Technopark||Agreement on the provision of patent information search services||Agreement|
|June||Korea Institute of Construction & Transportation Technology Evaluation and Planning||Business agreement on new technology authentication||Agreement|
|Nov||Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology||Business agreement on IP rightsContract for the provision of patent information search services||Agreement Contract|
|Korea Electric Association||Business agreement on new technology authentication||Agreement|
|Dec||Korea Business Incubation Association||Business agreement on the support for start-up companies||Agreement|
|June||Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute||Business agreement on IP rights Contract for the provision of patent information search services||Agreement Contract|
|Aug||Daejeon Small & Medium Business Support Center||Business agreement on the support for patent application||Agreement|
|Kyung Hee Univ. Technology Transfer Center/ Business Incubation Center||Business agreement on the support for patent application||Agreement|
|Oct||Hanyang Univ. Technology Transfer Center||Business agreement on technology transfer||Agreement|
|Feb||Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center||Business agreement on patent information search services||Agreement|
|May||Sungkyunkwan Univ. Industry-Academic Cooperation Headquarter||Business agreement on technology value evaluation||Agreement|
|June||Songdo Technopark||Business agreement on technology transfer and evaluation||Agreement|
|Korea Technology Transaction Association||Business agreement on technology transaction and evaluation||Agreement|
|Sep||Korea Bio Technology Investment||Business agreement||Agreement|
|Nov||Inha Univ. Technology Transfer Center||Business agreement on technology transfer and value evaluation||Agreement|
|May||Korea Health Industry Dev’t Institute||Business agreement on patent information search services||Agreement|
|Interscience(Japan)||Business consignment agreement||Agreement|
|July||YB Partners||Agreement on the provision of patent technology evaluation services||Agreement|
|BZeye.com||Business agreement on technology evaluation services||Agreement|
|Sep||Korea Display Industry Association||Business agreement on the provision of patent information||Agreement|
|Nov||Korea Technology Transaction Center||Business agreement on technology value evaluation||Agreement|
Support for KIPO's Patent Examination
The PIPC contributes to the improvement of the KIPO's examination by searching and analyzing prior art of patents, utility models, trademarks and designs filed with the KIPO.
The PIPC was designated as
- an institution specializing in prior art search for the KIPO (1996).
- an institution specializing in prior art search for the PCT for the KIPO (2008).
- an institution for International Patent Classification assignment for the KIPO (2001).
- an institution specializing in trademark search for the KIPO (2003).
- an institution specializing in design search for the KIPO (2008).
※ PCT : Patent Cooperation Treaty
Prior Art Search
We provide prior art search and analysis services to help KIPO examiners establish the improvement in the quality of patent examinations and reduce the examination time period.
- Prior art search for applications filed with the KIPO
- Prior art search for PCT documents received by the KIPO
Patent Classification Assignment
We provide systematic classification services regarding patents, utility models and PCT documents in accordance with the international standards(IPC, CPC) to help KIPO examiners proceed with prompt and accurate examinations.
Assigning appropriate patent classification codes(IPC, CPC) in the relevant technology fields
- ※ IPC : International Patent Classification
- ※ CPC : Cooperative Patent Classification
Prior Trademark & Design Search
We provide prior trademark & design search services for KIPO examiners to improve the quality of trademark & design examinations and reduce the examination time period.
- Searching and analyzing prior trademarks & designs for KIPO examiners
- Translating and classifying trademark application documents (written in English) under the Madrid system
- Searching, analyzing and classifying figure trademarks for domestic applications
- Classifying designs filed with the KIPO
- Searching and classifying published design materials
- Operating design map business (www.designmap.or.kr) for the KIPO
IP Information Service
We search, analyze, evaluate and provide you with critical IP information to support effective R&D and increase competitiveness.
provides patent information to meet our clients’ needs, including prior art searches, patent maps, patent statistical analyses, patent evaluations, patent consultations and patent education support.
- Prior Art Search Know How (conducted searches for the KIPO since 1996)
- Patent Analysis Experts with over 10 Years of Experience in each Technology Field
- Patent Agents and Experts holding Master's or Doctoral Degrees, and Patent Analysis Experts in each Technology Field
- Distinguished Methods on Patent Search and Analysis
- Customized Patent Search and Analysis Services
IP Research Service
We search and analyze published or registered patent documents from all over the world and provide reports on the patentability of our clients’ inventions, which they can utilize for an effective planning of their commercialization strategy.
- Search for Patentability of Invention
- Search for Technology Information
- Search for Accelerated Examination
- Search for Invalidation
- Search for Infringement
- Search for Certification of New Technologies
- SDI(Selective Dissemination of Information) Service
- Search for Design
IP Consulting Service
We provide consulting services, including dispute management, patent maps and decisions regarding R&D direction, developing a comprehensive IP strategy by analyzing various aspects (company, technology, market, patent) to increase IP competitiveness.
- IP Trend Analysis
- Strategy on IP Acquisition
- Evaluation of IP Portfolio
- Customized IP Analysis
Patent Evaluation Service
(K-PEG : Korea Patent Evaluation & Grading)
We provide prompt and accurate evaluation services to help clients build effective strategies and determine whether or not to maintain their patents.
- Provide vast information recourses and portfolio analysis information to help clients determine whether or not to maintain their patents
- Provide progressive strategies for clients by evaluating patents provided in and out of their companies
- Provide selective evaluation services for clients by applying quality standards for evaluation and conducting patent trust and tender
Patent Statistics Service
(PSDS : Patent Statistics Data Service)
We provide various classification services and a wide range of patent statistical information for clients to proceed with related procedures without difficulty.
Patent Statistics Basic Data
Application, Publication and Registration Related Information, IPC․CPC․UPC Information, References, Priorities, Patent Family Information, Quotations, etc.
- ※ IPC : International Patent Classification
- ※ CPC : Cooperative Patent Classification
- ※ UPC : U.S. Patent Classification
Patent Statistics Analysis Data
- Quantitative Analysis Data (According to Technology, Country, Company and Year) and Patent Analysis Index, etc.
Overseas customer services
Premium Search Services for Overseas Customer
Validity search can provide some prior art references that disclose claims that are infringed by the subject disclosure, enabling inventors/applicants to effectively take steps for patent dispute. All publicly available documents or evidence of public disclosure prior to the filing of the patent application are analyzed.
Infringement search is carried out to locate patents which might be infringed as part of efforts to prevent others from taking advantages from the invention claimed in your patent.
A patent search is a basic process used by an independent inventor before filing a patent application for his or her invention, or a company to manage its patent portfolio. Through this process, you can easily determine whether your idea is patentable and acquire useful information to enhance the patentability of your invention.
State of The Art Search
State of the art search is broad analysis of the current state of a given technology area. This is useful if your company is considering entry into a new technological area, and is used by inventors and small companies to obtain a picture of the patent landscape. Results can be used as a navigation.
The Korean and Japanese language tend to be an obstacle to an U.S. applicant's IP strategy.
Our translation service covers translation of Korean or Japanese documents into English in all technological areas.
Trademark / Design Search
PIPC has an in-house database for the trademark and design documents which is published by KIPO. We provide a Trademark and Design search service for KIPO and other private customers.
|Korea Office (Seoul)|
|US branch office (Washington D.C.)|
|3+||Trilingual Researchers Korea, Japan, English||Most of our professional researchers are capable of using three languages (English, Japanese, and Korean). We can search patents in original language for Korean, Japanese, and English documents with high accuracy. Also, we are continuously training our researchers to provide searches in Chinese.|
|20+||Years Know-How||Since 1995, PIPC has been designated as a specialized institution of prior art search for KIPO. We have provided more than 10,000 prior art search reports a year for private customers.|
|170+||Professional Researchers||We have more than 170 professional researchers holding Doctoral or Master's degree on various technology fields.|
|600+||IP Specialist Researchers||PIPC is the biggest prior art search institute in Korea, having more than 600 expert researchers on various technology fields: Electronics, Telecommunications, Semiconductors, Automotive, Aerospace, Chemical, and Biological engineering and so on.|
|Kiwee||Searching System||PIPC has its own prior art searching system (Kiwee) for professional researchers. The system covers patent database of South Korea, Japan, China, Europe, the United States and PCT.|
Experts in Searching Prior Art and Their Know-how
Since 1995, Patent Information Promotion Center (PIPC) has been designated as an institution of Prior Art Search for Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). We have 610 expert researchers including more than 170 professional researchers holding doctoral or master's degree on various technology fields which are Electronics, Telecommunications, Semiconductors, Automotive, Aerospace, Chemical, and Biological engineering and so on.
Searching Skills in Korean, Japanese, English and Chinese
In 2007, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted Korean patent document of KIPO as a minimum documentation for PCT international search document. Thus, it is necessary to search Korean patent document to get a more comprehensive prior art research. Most of our professional researchers are capable of using three languages (English, Japanese, and Korean), and we are continuously training our researchers to be confident in Chinese.
As the importance of Northeast Asian (South Korea, Japan, and China) patent applications is growing, we are confident to say that PIPC is the most suitable agency that could provide a more complete prior art search service.
Designated Institute for Prior Art Search of International Searching report
Since 2008, PIPC has been designated as an institution specializing in PCT prior art search by KIPO. We provide KIPO international searching reports and written opinions for PCT applications.
Optimization Service for litigation and Trial Case Support
Our searching technology and know-how will lead your business, including important case of proceedings for Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) or Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), to be successful.
PIPC has signed an MOU with Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), Japan Patent Information Organization (JAPIO) in Japan, Intellectual Property Publishing House (IPPH) in China, and Korean-American Intellectual property Bar Association (KAIPBA) in the United States. PIPC also has partnership agreements with SIPO Patent Examination Guangdong Center in China. Lastly, PIPC and the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) have a mutual agreement offering patent search services to global customers.
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