Intellectual Property Services in Hong Kong

For trademark, copyright and patent registration in Hong Kong, you can count on Business Setup Worldwide for your company IP.

Why Does a Business Need Intellectual Property Services?

Intellectual property services play a very important role as they safeguard one’s assets from being copied. A lot of hard work and effort goes behind a unique idea and making something creative out of it, and who wouldn’t want to title their piece of work as their property. Holding an IP right gives a person/company the power to put restrictions on stealing or using their creativity in any way and penalize anyone who does any kind of violation or offense. In this way, one always has one’s property solely to one’s name and thus can protect their invention from getting plagiarized.

Intellectual Property Protection in Hong Kong

The various categories of Intellectual Property Protection available in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK SAR) are described below.

Trademark

A trademark is a seal, sign, symbol or logo which differentiates the goods or services of one trader from those of others. In Hong Kong, a trademark must be registered under the Trade Marks Ordinance and the initial registration duration spans up to 10 years. Once the trademark is registered, the owner of the same as the exclusive right to use the mark on their goods and services and also possess the power of taking legal actions if anyone uses their mark without their consent.

Patent

Patent is a type of intellectual property which protects technical innovations. The Patents Ordinance in Hong Kong SAR offers two types of patents: one is the standard patent which has a protection term of up to 20 years, whereas the other one is the short-term patent which has a protection term of up to 8 years. Any patent owner has the exclusive right to create, use, import or put their invention on the market and also possess the power to take legal actions if anyone uses their patents without their consent.

Copyright

Copyright is an entitlement which protects one’s piece of creativity or work. These works may be books, software, musical compositions, plays, photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, sound recordings, films, broadcasts and cable programmes. Work materials available on the internet are also subject to copyright. The Copyright Law of Hong Kong SAR protects not just the fundamental works but also the typographical arrangements of the published editions of copyright and/or non-copyright literary, dramatic and musical works. The copyright protection period lasts until 50 years after the death of the creator of the work.

Registered Design

A registered design is a type of intellectual property which protects the outward appearance, such as shape, configuration, pattern or special design, of products like watches, jewellery, toys, mobile phones, computers, textile, etc. The protection period of a registered design is renewable for a minimum duration of 5 years to a maximum span of 25 years.

Layout Design of Integrated Circuits

In order to protect the original layout design for incorporation into an integrated circuit, the Hong Kong SAR has introduced the layout design protection law. It is not necessary to register a layout design as the protection for this intellectual property occurs automatically.

Plant Varieties

Also known as the plant breeders’ right, the plant varieties right is a type of intellectual property protection wherein the owner i.e. the plant breeder has the exclusive rights to authorize the reproduction of their new plant variety. In order to get the protection, the plant variety must be new, recognizably different in nature, homogenous and stable.

International Protection of Intellectual Property in Hong Kong

The intellectual property laws in Hong Kong are domestic laws which means that the rights given under the Hong Kong SAR law will only be applicable within the Hong Kong SAR. Many a time, various international conventions require member countries or economies to recognize the rights of individuals from other member countries or economies. For striking off such an issue, the People’s Republic of China has applied certain international intellectual property conventions to the Hong Kong SAR:

  • The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
  • The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
  • The Universal Copyright Convention
  • The Geneva Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorised Duplication of Their Phonograms (The Phonograms Convention)
  • The Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • The WIPO Copyright Treaty
  • The WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty

Business Worldwide Setup Intellectual Property Services

We provide the following intellectual property services in Hong Kong

  • Registering trademarks, patents, and copyrights
  • Anti-counterfeiting and implementing the intellectual property rights
  • Intellectual property licensing service
  • Resolving various intellectual property disputes
  • Litigating in case of infringement of IP rights
  • Assuring IP protection overseas
  • Brand valuation

Why Us?

Business Setup Worldwide is a platform that offers a broad spectrum of services related to company expansion and business setup in foreign lands. We assist in clearing all the legal proceedings that are essential to establish business foundations, protect intellectual properties, taxation policies, etc. Our business experts take care of the necessities and build the framework to provide the intellectual property services. Apart from dealing with the legal aspects, our business experts also handle the financial front required to establish a business.

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