Hong Kong Trademark Requirements

Update time:2018-01-12  source:

Hong Kong Trademark Requirements,The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department is the registry responsible for providing the framework for registering for intellectual property in Hong Kong SAR. The Intellectual Property Department was established on 2nd July 1990 in a bid to take over the responsibility of the Registrar General’s Department. The primary focus of the Intellectual Property Department is to receive applications for the registration of trademarks and patents and either reject or accept the application by which it will then be registered.

 

Hong Kong Trademark Requirements,A Hong Kong trademark must be capable of being represented graphically and further to this, be distinguishable from those marks of other undertakings. For a mark to be approved registration, it must be available (not in use) and this can be ascertained by performing a thorough search with the Intellectual Property Database for Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. A trademark can be one or a combination of, personal names, letters, shapes, words, designs, colours, to name only a few. A Hong Kong trademark cannot however be of a descriptive nature, similar or the same as another mark in use.

 

Hong Kong Trademark Requirements,The validity period of a Hong Kong trademark is 10 years from the date of registration and this can be renewed on expiry every 10 years thereafter. It is important to use the mark in accordance to relevant trademark law so as to avoid any risk of rejection for renewal or removal from the trademark database.


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