IP in Hong Kong
Intellectual property (IP) in Hong Kong is protected under various ordinances, including:
Prevention of Copyright Privacy Ordinance
Trade Marks Ordinance
Trade Descriptions Ordinance
The Copyright Ordinance protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, as well as sound recordings, films, broadcasts and published editions.
The Prevention of Copyright Privacy Ordinance protects against the unauthorized copying of copyright works, as well as the unauthorized use of personal information.
The Trade Marks Ordinance protects trademarks, which are signs used to distinguish the goods or services of one trader from those of another.
The Trade Descriptions Ordinance protects consumers against false or misleading trade descriptions.
The Patents Ordinance protects inventions, which are new and useful processes, machines, manufactures, compositions of matter, or improvements thereof.
The Intellectual Property Department (IPD) is the government agency responsible for administering the IP laws in Hong Kong. The IPD provides a variety of services to businesses and individuals, including:
Registering IP rights
Filing and prosecuting IP infringement cases
Providing information and advice on IP matters
The IPD also operates a number of online services, such as the Trade Marks Search and the Patents Search.
To learn more about IP in Hong Kong, you can visit the IPD website.
Here are some of the common IP rights that are granted in Hong Kong:
Copyright: Copyright protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, as well as sound recordings, films, broadcasts and published editions.
Trademark: A trademark is a sign used to distinguish the goods or services of one trader from those of another.
Patent: A patent protects an invention, which is a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter, or improvement thereof.
Design: A design right protects the appearance of a product, such as its shape, pattern or ornamentation.
Plant variety right: A plant variety right protects a new variety of plant.
If you have any questions about IP in Hong Kong, you should consult with an IP lawyer or a registered patent agent. They will be able to help you understand your rights and options.
An IP agent is a person who is authorized to act on behalf of another person in intellectual property (IP) matters.
To appoint an IP agent in Hong Kong, you will need to complete the following steps:
Find an IP agent who is qualified to act in Hong Kong. You can find a list of qualified IP agents on the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) website.
Contact the IP agent and discuss your needs.
Sign a power of attorney (POA) appointing the IP agent to act on your behalf.
The IP agent will file the POA with the IPD.
The POA must be in writing and it must be signed by you and the IP agent. The POA must also be stamped by a Commissioner for Oaths.
Once the POA is filed with the IPD, the IP agent will be authorized to act on your behalf in all IP matters. This includes filing and prosecuting IP applications, representing you in court, and negotiating settlements.
Here are some of the benefits of appointing an IP agent in Hong Kong:
An IP agent will have the expertise and experience to help you protect your IP rights.
An IP agent will be able to handle the paperwork and legal formalities involved in IP protection.
An IP agent will be able to represent you in court if necessary.
If you are considering appointing an IP agent in Hong Kong, do your research and choose an IP agent who is experienced and qualified.
Here are some of the factors you should consider when choosing an IP agent:
The IP agent's experience in the type of IP you need protection for.
The IP agent's fees.
The IP agent's communication style and availability.
The IP agent's reputation.
Role of Agent before Registrar
An agent is a person who is authorized to act on behalf of another person in intellectual property (IP) matters. In Hong Kong, an agent can act before the Registrar of the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) on behalf of an applicant for registration of IP rights, a registered owner of IP rights, or other person in connection with any proceedings before the Registrar.
The role of an agent before the Registrar includes:
Filing and prosecuting IP applications
Responding to objections and queries from the IPD
Representing the applicant or registered owner in court
Renewing IP registrations
Managing the IP portfolio
An agent can also help with other IP-related matters, such as conducting trademark searches and drafting IP contracts.
The IPD has a number of requirements for agents, including:
The agent must have an address in Hong Kong.
The agent must be authorized by the applicant or registered owner to act on their behalf.
If you are considering appointing an agent to act on your behalf in IP matters, do your research and choose an agent who is experienced and qualified.
Here are some of the factors you should consider when choosing an agent:
The agent's experience in the type of IP you need protection for.
The agent's fees.
The agent's communication style and availability.
The agent's reputation.
Choosing your Agent
Choosing an IP agent in Hong Kong can be a daunting task, as there are many factors to consider. Here are some tips to help you choose the right agent for you:
Do your research. Before you start contacting agents, take some time to research the different types of IP protection available in Hong Kong and the different types of agents who can help you obtain that protection. This will help you narrow down your options and make sure you're talking to the right people.
Get recommendations. Ask your friends, family, or colleagues for recommendations for IP agents in Hong Kong. They may have had a good experience with a particular agent and be able to give you a first-hand account of their services.
Interview potential agents. Once you've narrowed down your options, schedule interviews with potential agents. This will give you a chance to get to know them and their practice, and to ask any questions you have.
Consider your needs. When choosing an IP agent, it's important to consider your specific needs. What type of IP protection do you need? How much experience does the agent have in that area? What are their fees?
Get everything in writing. Once you've chosen an IP agent, be sure to get everything in writing, including the scope of their services, their fees, and their terms of engagement. This will help avoid any misunderstandings or disputes down the road.
Here are some additional factors to consider when choosing an IP agent in Hong Kong:
The agent's experience. Do they have experience in the type of IP protection you need?
The agent's fees. How much do they charge? Are their fees reasonable?
The agent's communication style. How easy are they to communicate with? Are they responsive to your questions?
The agent's reputation. What is their reputation in the industry? Are they well-respected?
Choosing the right IP agent is an important decision. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of finding an agent who is right for you and your needs.
Registering a New IP Agency Company
Only a person residing in Hong Kong, partnership or company carrying on business in Hong Kong may act as an agent in any proceedings before the Registrar. As such, you should, in acting as an agent for prosecuting proceedings before the Registrar on your customers' behalf, ensure that you have an address of the premises in Hong Kong where you resides or carries on your business activities.
To register a new IP agency company in Hong Kong, you will need to follow these steps:
1. Choose a company name that is not already registered with the Companies Registry.
2. Prepare the following documents:
Memorandum of Association (MOA)
Articles of Association (AOA)
Statutory Declaration of Compliance
Consent to Act as Director form (if applicable)
Power of Attorney (if applicable)
3. File the documents with the Companies Registry.
4. Pay the registration fee.
5. Obtain a business registration certificate from the Business Registration Office.
The registration process can take up to 2 weeks.
You can find a list of qualified IP agents in Hong Kong on the IPD website.
Here are some of the benefits of registering an IP agency company in Hong Kong:
Hong Kong is a major financial and trading hub, with a strong legal system.
The IPD is a well-respected intellectual property office with a reputation for efficiency and fairness.
The cost of registering an IP agency company in Hong Kong is relatively low.
If you are considering setting up an IP agency company in Hong Kong, seek professional advice from a lawyer or a registered patent agent. They will be able to help you with the registration process and ensure that your company complies with all the relevant laws and regulations.
Acting as IP Agent in Hong Kong
A person with or without professional qualification may act as an IP agent. You may act as an agent to file an application for registration of any registrable intellectual property (“IP”) rights or otherwise prosecute proceedings before the Registrar of Trade Marks, Patents or Designs (“Registrar”) on customers' behalf.
You may provide consultation at any stage of proceedings before the Registrar in the interest of safeguarding your customers' legitimate rights and interests should they have any real doubt or question on any material issue concerning acquisition, protection, validity, management, exploitation, commercialisation or enforcement of IP rights.
An agent can act and sign for an applicant for registration of IP rights, a registered owner of IP rights, or other person in connection with any proceedings before the Registrar. An agent may also help customers manage their IP portfolio, including renewals of their IP rights.
On the other hand, an agent cannot make a statutory declaration or affidavit (unless he has first-hand knowledge of the facts) or give or revoke a power of attorney on behalf of the person for whom he acts.
How Bestar can Help
Bestar is a professional services firm in Hong Kong that specializes in accounting, taxation, and business advisory services. We can help you register a new IP agency company in Hong Kong by providing the following services:
Accounting services: Bestar can help you set up your accounting system and prepare your financial statements. We can also help you with tax planning and compliance.
Taxation services: Bestar can help you understand your tax obligations and filing requirements. We can also help you minimize your taxes.
Business advisory services: Bestar can help you with a variety of business advisory services, such as business planning, financial modeling, and risk management.
Bestar is a well-respected firm with a team of experienced accountants and business advisors. We can help you register your IP agency company in Hong Kong and manage your business finances.
Here are the specific steps Bestar can help you with in registering a new IP agency company in Hong Kong:
Advise you on the accounting and taxation requirements. Bestar will advise you on the accounting and taxation requirements for registering an IP agency company in Hong Kong. This includes the type of accounting system you need to set up, the required documentation, and the filing deadlines.
Set up your accounting system. Bestar can help you set up your accounting system and train your staff on how to use it. We can also help you prepare your financial statements.
File your taxes. Bestar can help you file your taxes on time and accurately. We can also help you with tax planning and minimize your taxes.
Provide business advisory services. Bestar can provide you with a variety of business advisory services, such as business planning, financial modeling, and risk management.
The fees for registering a new IP agency company in Hong Kong with Bestar will vary depending on the specific services you need. However, we typically charge a flat fee for accounting services and an hourly rate for tax planning and other services.
If you are considering registering a new IP agency company in Hong Kong, contact Bestar for a consultation. We can assess your needs and provide you with a quote for our services.
Here are some of the benefits of using Bestar to register your IP agency company in Hong Kong:
We have a team of experienced accountants and business advisors who can help you with all aspects of the registration process.
We are familiar with the specific legal and regulatory requirements for registering an IP agency company in Hong Kong.
We can help you save time and money by doing the legwork for you.
We can provide you with peace of mind knowing that your registration is being handled by professionals.
If you are looking for a reliable and experienced firm to help you register your IP agency company in Hong Kong, contact Bestar.