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    Introduction to Hong Kong Trademark Registration System

    Introduction to Hong Kong Trademark Registration System

    Official Office for Trade Mark Registration

    Intellectual Property Department (HKIPD)

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    Principle on Trade Mark Protection

    Hong Kong adopts mix-principles of first-to-file?and first-to-file?for the trademark protection, the Trade Mark Ordinance of Hong Kong mainly protects the registered trademarks, and un-registered marks are protecting by the Common Law.

    If an used but un-registered mark is used by someone else, a court action against the infringement can merely on the ground of passing-off? In such case, it is necessary to proof that the trademark is famous, and use of the infringe mark may cause confusion and/or misleading to the public.

    If a registered trademark is used by someone else without authorization and/or license, the trademark owner can simply take an infringement action, and that the procedure is much simpler.

    Kinds of Registrable Trade Marks

    In Hong Kong, the term Trademark?includes word mark, device mark, shape mark, color mark, sound mark, and their combination.

    In addition, there are special trademarks are enacted and protected, such as certification mark? collective trademark?and defensive trademark?

    Required Information and Documents
    1. Applicants name, address, nationality / companys registered country;
    2. Specimen of the mark to be applied;
    3. List of goods/services to be applied, and the class(es);
    4. Translation & transliteration of foreign language in the mark; and
    5. Priority document, if any.

    Timeframe and Procedure for Application

    If an application goes smoothly, the whole registration procedure takes about 6-8 months.

    A trademark application in Hong Kong usually takes about 3-5 months for examination, if there is no any refusal, it will then publish 3 months for opposition purpose. If no opposition is filed, a registration certificate will be issued within 2 weeks after the end of publication.

    Duration and Renewal of Registration

    A trade mark registration in Hong Kong is valid for 10 years from the date of application, which can be renewed every 10 years, from 6 months before the renewal due date or up to 6 months after the date expires.

    Cancellation System

    If a registered trademark has not been actual used in Hong Kong by the owner or with his consent, in relation to the goods or services for which it is registered, for a continuous period of at least 3 years, and there are no valid reasons for non-use, any third party can apply for revocation to cancel/remove the registration.

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