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Power of attorney which the applicant appoints an agent to handle a variety of transactions under a certain principal. For any applications of intellectual property registration, only Specified Power of Attorney is required; if any agent asks for an Enduring Power of Attorney must expound with a sufficient condition and it must sign in the presence of a witness according to the Enduring Powers of Attorney (Amendment) Ordinance 2011.

The Patent Application Grant (the Grant) is a funding scheme to assist local companies and individuals to apply for patents of their own inventions. The Grant is administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission with Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) as the implementation agent.

Who can are eligible to apply?

  • A locally incorporated company which has never owned any patents in any countries or territories; the inventor(s) of the invention shall be a directly related party/parties to the applicant company, e.g. owner, shareholder, director, or staff.
  • A Hong Kong permanent resident or Hong Kong residents permitted to remain in Hong Kong for not less than 7 years who has never owned any patents in any countries or territories; the applicant must be the sole inventor or one of the joint inventors of the invention.

What is the form of funding support?

  • For an approved application, a grant of not more than HK$250,000 or 90% of the sum of the total direct cost of the patent application (including the cost for patent search-cum-technical assessment) and the administration fee charged by HKPC which is approximately equal to 20% of the total direct cost involved in patent application
  • The maximum amount of grant which could be used for the patent-search-cum-technical assessment and other direct costs of patent application should be around $200,000, out of a maximum grant of HK$250,000.

Note: The above information is from Hong Kong Productivity Council.

® is a symbol for a registered trademark. The owner of a registered trademark may commence legal proceedings for trademark infringement to prevent unauthorized use of that trademark. It is illegal to label ® for an unregistered mark. ™ is a symbol for an unregistered trademark, that is, a mark used to promote or brand goods without legal protection depends on the trademark law of different jurisdictions.

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Internal Factors: (1)  Build competitive advantage
(2)  Enhance overall business value
(3) Strengthen for profitability and continuous business growth
External Components: (1) Enjoy exclusive ownership
(2) Avoid unauthorized third-party exploitation
(3) Defend against third-party challenge
(4) Expand business collaboration

For copyright, this is not registrable in Hong Kong. Copyright owners can submit the filing of USA or PRC copyright which equivalent to the registration of all member states under TRIPS Agreement.

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