You can put this symbol or the sign ® on your mark after your mark has been registered in Hong Kong.
All trade marks filed and registered under the current Trade Marks Ordinance are valid for 10 years starting from the date of filing and are renewable every ten years.
Provided that no objection/opposition is received, from the Registrar or any third party, a smooth application will take about 6 to 9 months from the date of filing a registration.
We can prepare a draft specification upon receipt of your instructions on the goods and/or services of interest that you wish to register .
In general, we need the following information:
(a) the Applicant's name and address;
(b) a clear specimen of the trademark;
(c) the description of goods/services; and
(d) a copy of the Business Registration Certificate / Certificate of incorporation if appropriate .
Under the Trade Marks Ordinance of Hong Kong, trademark is defined as a sign which is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of the applicant for registration from other undertakings and which is capable of being represented graphically.
Depending on each individual case, a sign would usually not be allowed for registration if it were indistinctive, descriptive or laudatory in nature.
No, but a trademark search may enable you to know whether there is any conflicting mark existed in the Register. Besides, the search may reveal whether identical or similar marks have been adopted by competitors.
No, but registration of a trademark will give you the following benefits:
(a) The registration of a person as owner of a trade mark is prima facie evidence of validity of the original registration.
(b) Registration enables the registered proprietor to institute an action for infringement under the Trade Marks Ordinance.
(c) A registered trademark is an assignable and transmissible property.