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Hong Kong Trademark Registration

Updated:2018-4-24 10:44:06    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:361

Hong Kong trademark registration is one of Tannet’s intellectual property services. As an international financial centre and with a free economic system, low tax rate and comprehensive infrastructure and supporting trade services, Hong Kong attracts investors from all around the world. While enhancing its international reputation, Hong Kong’s industries such as service, financial, textile, electronic, jewellery, logistic, gift and premium, and toys are well known around the world. Lots of investors have registered their trademarks in Hong Kong in order to protect their brands and enhance their competitiveness.

Registering a trade mark does not confer the right to use the same name as a business name, company name, or domain name. Trade mark registration is different from company registration, business registration, and domain name registration.  Each of them serves a different purpose, and the application to register each of them needs to be made separately with the relevant government offices or organizations.

I. The Right of Priority on Hong Kong Trademark Registration
An applicant may enjoy the right of priority on trademark registration in Hong Kong if he/she has filed an application for trademark registration for the same goods or service with a state party to Paris Convention or a WTO member state within six months before filing such application in Hong Kong.

II. Matters to be Considered before Filing an Application
1. Whether the trademark distinguishes the applicant’s goods or services from other traders;
2. Whether the trademark shows the distinctiveness of the goods and services;
3. Whether the trademark is a generic term in that industry;
4. Whether the trademark is identical or similar to other trademarks.

III. Required Information and Documents
1. Corporation Applicant: Business Registration Certificate/Certificate of Incorporation;
2. Individual Applicant: Identity documents and address proof;
3. Application form;
4. Trademark image.

IV. Trademark Registration Steps
1. Trademark Search;
2. Initial Application;
3. Substantive Examination;
4. Publication;
5. Issuance of Certificate.

V. Validity Period
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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If you have further inquires, please do not hesitate to contact Tannet at anytime, anywhere by simply visiting Tannet’s website www.tannet-group.net, or calling Hong Kong hotline at 852-27826888 or China hotline at 86-755-82143512, or emailing to tannet-solution@hotmail.com. You are also welcome to visit our office situated in 16/F, Taiyangdao Bldg 2020, Dongmen Rd South, Luohu, Shenzhen, China.

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