Your design can be protected by the Korean Design Act (hereinafter, the KDA), and under the KDA, "design" is defined as a shape, pattern, color or a combination of these in an article (including parts of the article) that produces an aesthetic visual impression. Accordingly, design registration can be granted for articles or parts of an article.
1. Filing an Application
Documents required

(a) an application stating the name and address of the creator and the applicant (including the name of a representative, if the applicant is a juristic person), the date of submission, the name of the article on which the design is embodied, the claim and the priority data (if the right of priority is claimed);

(b) drawings of the design;

(c) if the right of priority is claimed, the priority document which is a certified copy of the priority application together with its Korean translation; and

(d) a power of attorney, if necessary.
2. Formality Examination
When a Design application is submitted to KIPO, it is checked to ensure that all requirements necessary to accord the application a filing date have been satisfied.
3. Early Publication per Request
A design application may, upon the request of the applicant, be published in the official gazette entitled "Design Laid-open Gazette". Such request for publication may not be made once the applicant has received a copy of the first final decision of approval or rejection of application.
4. Substantial Examination
Unlike a patent or utility model application, a request for examination of a design application is not required for the initiation of substantial examination. Design applications are automatically taken up for examination in the order of the filing date thereof. A request for expedited examination may be made once the design application has been laid-open upon to public inspection the request of the applicant and upon showing that it is presently being infringed.
5. Rejection and Registration
If a design application falls under any of the grounds for rejection enumerated in the Design Act, the Examiner must issue a notice of preliminary rejection, stating the reasons for rejection, and give the applicant an opportunity to submit a written opinion, within the specified time limit.


If the examiner finds no ground for rejection or he is persuaded by the applicant's argument and/or amendment, he will render a decision to grant registration. If the examiner considers that the applicant's argument is without merit and the ground for rejection has not been overcome, the examiner will issue a notice of final rejection of the design application.
6. Appeal and Trial
Appeal and Trial procedure are same with those of patent and trademark.
15 years from the registration date.