Pursuant to Article 235 of the Customs Act, an importer or exporter can protect his/her intellectual property rights (trademark rights, copyrights, variety protection rights, geographical indications rights, patent rights, and design rights) by registering them to a customs in advance during the import and export clearance stage.
Since April 1, 2010, all IPR registrations have been processed by TIPA. You can make IPR registration online (the TIPA intellectual property rights registration management system (http://ipr.e-tipa.org/)) or by visiting (mailing) TIPA.
Through the Korea Customs Service electronic clearance system, IPR information declared and registered are shared with local customs houses, facilitating a swift crackdown on IPR infringement at clearance stage.
Flow of Withholding Clearance for Goods Infringing IPR
Simplified Customs Clearance Division of the Korea Customs Service 042-481-7836