INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DIVISION

IP overview

Intellectual property is highly valuable. It is also vulnerable. Our Intellectual Property Division assists clients in the registration, exploitation and protection of their intellectual property rights in copyright, trade marks, patents, registered designs, rights in confidential information and other related legal rights.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU?
Intellectual Property Protection
  • Drafting of patent claims and specifications by our associates
  • Prosecution of trade mark, design and patent applications in Hong Kong and internationally
  • Worldwide management of trade mark, design and patent portfolios
  • Patent and design search
  • Trade mark availability search and analysis
  • Copyright registration
  • Recordal of licences, assignments, mergers etc. of trade mark, design and patent rights
  • Initiating/defending trade mark opposition and cancellation actions in Hong Kong, PRC and other regions
Intellectual Property Enforcement
  • Assisting prosecution and enforcement action by the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department in relation to copyright and trade mark infringement and trade description offences
  • Bringing and defending civil actions for and against infringement of intellectual property rights and passing-off
  • Administrative and criminal actions against infringers in PRC for trade mark, copyright, patent infringement and unfair competition
  • Civil actions in PRC for trade mark, copyright, patent infringement and unfair competition
  • Initiating and defending PRC patent invalidation proceedings
Intellectual Property Planning
  • Worldwide trade mark, design and patent licensing, enforcement protection strategies
  • Negotiating trade mark purchase and transfer
Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Trade mark, copyright, design and patent licensing
  • Research, development, manufacturing and distributorship agreements
  • Franchising
  • Joint development projects for exploitation of intellectual property rights
  • Technology transfer and know-how
Internet Related Issues
  • Domain name registrations
  • Actions against cybersquatting
  • Intellectual property issues relating to the internet usage and infringement in the internet arena

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

01What is trademark?
A trademark is a sign that distinguishes the goods and services of one trader from those of others.

02How trademark registration protects you?
A registered trademark legally protects a name, logo or slogan used to identify a business or product. Trademarks can be registered in nearly every country in the world. You should aim to protect your trademark wherever your goods are sold or your services are provided now or in the future.

03What can be registered as a trademark?
Typically a trademark can be words (including personal names), indications, designs, letters, characters, numerals, figurative elements, colours, sounds, smells, the shape of the goods or their packaging or any combination of these. A sign must be capable of being represented graphically in order for it to be registered as a trademark.

04How is a trademark registered?
1) Filed with the appropriate trademark office.
2) Contain a clear reproduction of the sign filed for registration, including any colors, forms, or three-dimensional
3) Contain a list of goods or services to which the sign would apply.
4) The rights applied for cannot be the same as, or similar to, rights already granted to another trademark owner.

05How extensive is trademark protection?
Almost all countries in the world register and protect trademarks. Each national or regional office maintains a Register of Trademarks which contains full application information on all registrations and renewals, facilitating examination, search, and potential opposition by third parties. The effects of such a registration are, however, limited to the country.

06What our quoted fee is included?
The fee we quoted in this handbook includes application fee, publication fee and registration fee. For power of attorney, authorizations, oppositions, translation or any other specific documents and requirements, extra fees would be required.

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