Hanbok, Soju, Gimbap Become Global Trademarks

      May 10, 2022 12:26

      The proper names of six Korean products will be recognized as global trademarks.

      They are hanbok (traditional Korean dress), soju (distilled liquor), gochujang (red pepper paste), doenjang (soybean paste), makgeolli (traditional Korean rice wine) and gimbap (seaweed rice rolls).

      The Korean Intellectual Property Office said Monday that the six product names will be included in the World Intellectual Property Organization's Nice Classification. Updated every five years, the Nice Classification, established in the French port city in 1957, lists international trademarks of products and services and is used by 91 countries.

      The list will be confirmed in June after consultation with other member nations.

      That will bring the total number of Korea's internationally recognized food and clothing names to nine, including kimchi (2005), bulgogi (2015) and bibimbap (2016). 

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