Obtaining a Patent Protection in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department (HKSAR) handles patent applications. A patent administered in Hong Kong provides patent protection for designs and utility patents for certain predetermined terms. According to Hong Kong patent law, a patent provides "the patent owner, a legal right to prevent others from manufacturing, using, selling or importing your patented invention." Hong Kong (HK) is also allowing international patent applications.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the first step to apply for a patent in Hong Kong?
How does the standard patent process involve?
What does the short-term patent process involve?
Does a patent have to be registered in Hong Kong to enforce rights?
Will prior publication of the details of the patent prior to the application for registration bar the grant of a patent?

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