IAM Patent 1000 2021

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

Hong Kong

Following a five-year review of Hong Kong’s patent law, new changes to the patent system came into effect in December 2019. The updated system introduces an original grant patent (OGP), allowing for the direct filing of standard patent applications. The previous re-registration system, under which applicants can first file an...

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Following a five-year review of Hong Kong’s patent law, new changes to the patent system came into effect in December 2019. The updated system introduces an original grant patent (OGP), allowing for the direct filing of standard patent applications. The previous re-registration system, under which applicants can first file an application with the China National IP Administration, the UK Intellectual Property Office or the EPO, remains in place. The amendments are an attempt by the government to encourage innovation in Hong Kong. However, so far few have taken advantage of the OGP. Time will tell whether it will gain increasing traction or whether applicants will continue to favour the old method.

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