According to the Korean IP Office, in 2013 4,255 graphene related patents were applied for in Korea - up from only 57 in 2008. Korea is the leading country in terms of graphene patents, followed by the US (3,559) and Japan (1,583).

In the US there were 1,262 graphene patents filed by non-US research organizations, and 47% of those (603 patents) were filed by Korean organizations.