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Registering a Trademark in Hong Kong
Trademarks are typically a word, phrase, or graphic image used to protect the originality of a business or entity. Trademarks help to distinguish one product or service from other similar products and services. This legal detail is used to prevent other parties from creating competitive goods and services using your brand. Trademarks help protect the integrity of a business and its reputation.
Some people believe that simply having your business name registered will protect you against the wrongdoing of your brand. Unfortunately, registered business names are not recognized as trademark protections are and you could be leaving your business open to damages and vulnerabilities. You can register your trademark in Hong Kong, which is not complicated, and something that we would be happy to help you with.
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Where to start in your Trademark Journey
We know that starting a business is a big deal and requires a lot of effort across the board. Before you invest too much effort in your business name, colors, graphic design, photography, video, and branding; you may want to consider a trademark search.
In days gone by you could operate your business in a small geographical area without worrying too much about trademarks and competitors. But today, in an e-commerce world where everyone is online, getting a trademark for your business entity is a smart decision.
We can start this process for you with a trademark search. Here are some of the search. We being with a thouogh nameserach with the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department.
How to register a trademark in Hong Kong
The process of applying for trademarks in Hong Kong is done with the Trademark Ordinance along with the Trademarks Registry. We will talk more in depth about the actual process below.
After your trademark application is submitted, the trademarks registry will investigate whether or not the trademark is acceptable under the ordinance. Once it is deemed your trademark can be used, the registry will publish it in the official Trademarks Journal which will allow your trademark to be open to objection by other persons for a three month period. If no objections are identified within these three months, the trademarks registry will approve your application which will be good for 10-years from the original application filing date. You can renew your trademark after that 10-year period concludes.
A trademarks application fee consists of $1300HK plus a $650HK for any additional classes you would like to include on your application. This process varies in approval time periods, but we like to allow for a 12-month time frame for the application to be processed and approved.
Please note: Applying for a trademark in Hong Kong is only good within the country’s borders. For instance, if you need protection in other jurisdictions like China or the United States, you will need to apply separately in those countries to ensure your brand is protected.
Documentation Needed for the Trademarks Registration Process
You will need a number of pieces of documentation and information in order to apply for a trademark with the Trademark Registry. We've created a checklist below to help you get started on this:
The Hong Kong Trademarks Registry Process
As you wait for your trademark to be registered with the Hong Kong Trademarks Registry, there'll be a number of processes taking place during the evaluation and registering period. This is to ensure that your trademark is free from any complications and that you are legally allowed to apply for the trademark. Here are just a few of the services that will be done during this process:
The trademark classifications can be a little complicated and are designed to help place your goods or services into a particular category. These are broken down into:
Trademarks are used around the world every day to help businesses communicate with the world and to protect themselves and their intellectual property. You might be wondering whether or not you need a trademark for your business, so we have broken down some of the best reasons why a trademark might be right for you.
Operating Without a Trademark
You likely already have a good understanding of how “not” having trademarks can leave your business vulnerable. We thought we would uncover some of the other damages that can be done if you decide not to trademark your goods, services, or intellectual property.