Changes to HK Patent Law

On 10 June 2016, the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the Patents (Amendment) Ordinance.  This will bring some major changes to Hong Kong patent law when it comes into effect, most likely in 2018.  The most important change is that Hong Kong will introduce a system whereby a patentee may apply for an original grant of a standard patent in Hong Kong.  The system of re-registration of United Kingdom patents and Chinese patents will also be retained for some time.  It is expected that after some years of experience with the own grant system, the re-registration system will be abolished. 

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