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01 December 2023
It’s Time to Get Your Trade Mark Registered

Have you ever thought about registering your trade mark in Hong Kong? It is not mandatory to register your trade mark in Hong Kong and it is actually quite common that businesses use a trade name or mark without obtaining any registered trade mark right at all. Registered and unregistered trade marks are both being considered as personal properties; but with a registered trade mark, a business can enjoy much better protection under the Cap. 559 Trade Marks Ordinance.

01 March 2023
Application for International Registration under Madrid Protocol in Hong Kong

The Trade Marks (Amendment) Ordinance (the "Amendment Ordinance") provides a basis for the application of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registrations of Marks (Madrid Protocol) in Hong Kong. Nonetheless, those provisions concerning trade mark rights acquired in Hong Kong under the Madrid Protocol are yet to be implemented. It is believed that the international registration system would be implemented in 2022-23 as said by the Trade Marks Registry of Hong Kong.

01 November 2021
Notice on Change of the Mode of Issuance of Trade Mark Certificates (No. 453)

With the aims of implementing and deepening the "Reform to Delegate Power, Streamline Administration and Optimize Government Services", and of putting forward reform on the trade mark registration system, improving business environment and increasing the level of public services, Notice is given that

01 August 2021
Introduction to the Fourth Revision of the Chinese Patent Law (2021)

The fourth revision to the has been implemented on 1st June 2021. The revision of the Patent Law aims to strengthen the protection of the legitimate rights of patentees, to promote the implementation of patents, to improve the intellectual property protection mechanism and to increase penalties for patent infringements. The main aspects of the amendments are as follows

01 July 2021
IP rights in the Greater Bay Area

On 1 July 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission of China, the People's Government of Guangdong Province, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region signed the Framework Agreement on Deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation in the Development of the Greater Bay Area ("the Agreement"). And immediately after the signing of the Agreement, the development of the Greater Bay Area ("GBA") was officially launched.