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
The fourth revision to the
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.
The Patents (Amendment) Ordinance 2016 is scheduled to be in force on 19 December 2019. This article is concerned with the new patent system to be launched under the Ordinance in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has a unique patent system due to its historic background. The Patents Ordinance (Cap. 514) along with other related rules (Caps. 514A – 514C) forming the main part of the city's patent laws, are basically derived from the UK common law system. After the transfer of sovereignty to China, Hong Kong has adopted some adjustments into its law system accordingly. In view of the economic and technological development plan of the city, amendment to the patent laws and the reform of the patent system is still in progress in Hong Kong.