BKIP Hong Kong

How will changes to the Trademark Act affect you?

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  The new changes to the Trademark Act will allow some useful new options for businesses to protect their bands as well as enforce their intellectual property rights. The changes which businesses should be aware of include: Increased power against counterfeiters Previous to the changes, if a counterfeit product was imported into the EU, the…

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[HK] Invalidation of Trademark Registration in Bad Faith

International trademark Registration

Trademark squatting has been phenomenal in many countries and regions and Hong Kong is no exception. Fortunately, there are provisions in the Trademark Laws in Hong Kong which stipulate the situations at which a declaration of invalidity can be sought to cancel a trademark registration made in bad faith. In particular, section 11(5)(b) of the…

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[HK] Opposition to Hong Kong Trademark Application

Hong Kong trademark application

Oppositions should be filed within 3 months beginning from the date of publication of the trade mark application in the Hong Kong Trademark Official Journal (if an application is published on 1 March, the deadline to oppose will fall on 31 May). The deadline is extendable once only for a period of 2 months subject…

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[HK] Defects in Evidence for Hong Kong Trademark Cases.

Hong Kong trademark search

In all the proceedings before the Hong Kong Trade Marks Registry, “evidence” is the means by which the Registrar is to consider any fact, either alleged in any statement of case or counter-statement or of factual distinctiveness of a trade mark, upon which he has to adjudicate. From time to time, there are cases that…

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[HK] Update of the Madrid System in Hong Kong

Hong Kong trademark search

The Madrid International Trademark Registration System (hereafter “the Madrid System”) will apply to Hong Kong as early as in 2019. This article is to provide brief introduction of the Madrid System and the update of the same. Introduction: The Madrid System is a major international system that promotes the registration of trademarks throughout the world.…

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