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March 2, 2021

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property is important to our daily lives. Intellectual property is the name commonly given to a group of separate intangible property rights. These include trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, plant varieties and the layout design of integrated circuits. Intellectual property is important to our daily lives: The brand-names logos on clothes like T-shirts, articles in the newspaper, TV programmes, pop songs, cinema films movies and fashion design all have a strong connection with intellectual property. Why is Intellectual Property […]
March 2, 2021

What is a patent?

A patent protects an invention (i.e. a solution to a technical problem) which may relate to a product or process. A patent system protects your patented invention by deterring others from “free-riding” on your innovation, whether by means of copying or reverse engineering your patented product/process without permission.  In essence, the grant of a patent confers on a patent owner the exclusive right to prevent others from making, using or otherwise commercially exploiting his patented invention in a territory where […]
March 2, 2021

What are trade marks?

Trade marks are an important business asset. They are signs that help your customers identify your products and services, and to distinguish them from a competitor’s products and services. The recognition of your trade mark by your customers enables: the building of your business reputation by virtue of the distinctive identity of your products and services; repeat business, because your customers will want to buy the identical product they have bought previously and liked loyalty business, where your customers will […]
March 2, 2021

What are designs?

Designs registered under the Registered Designs Ordinance (Cap. 522) protect the visible features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article, by any industrial process, which appeal to the eye. Designs do not protect the functionality or operation of products. Protection for the way in which a product works may be available under patent law. Registering a design is particularly important where you have a product that has a physical appearance or shape that makes it appealing or […]
March 2, 2021

What is copyright?

Under the copyright regime in the Hong Kong SAR, copyright subsists in: original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works; sound recordings and films; broadcasts and cable programmes; and typographical arrangements of published editions of literary, dramatic and musical works.   Copyright protects the way that an idea is expressed. Copyright does not protect the idea itself. This is an important distinction. For example: Copyright protects a novel about time travel, but it does not protect the underlying subject matter of the novel. Another […]