Hong Kong—trade mark registration and revocation
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  • Hong Kong—trade mark registration and revocation
  • Application procedure
  • Making an application
  • Representation of the mark
  • Classification
  • Examination
  • Checking
  • Absolute grounds for refusal
  • Relative grounds for refusal
  • Examination report
  • More...

Hong Kong—trade mark registration and revocation

This Practice Note was originally written for LexisAdvance® Practical Guidance Hong Kong.

Application procedure

A trade mark is a sign, which can be represented graphically, and which distinguishes goods or services of one undertaking from those of others. The concept includes words (including personal names), indications, designs, letters, characters, numerals, figurative elements, colours, sounds, smells, the shape of goods or their packaging, or any combination of such signs, packaging (section 3(2) of the Trade Marks Ordinance (Cap 559) (TMO)).

Making an application

An application for registration of a Hong Kong trade mark is made to the Hong Kong Trade Marks Registry (TMR).

The essential filing requirements for an application are (TMO, s 38(2)):

  1. a request for registration of the mark

  2. the name and address of the applicant

  3. a statement of the goods or services for which registration is sought (under the Nice Classification; see below)

  4. a representation of the trade mark

If the TMR is satisfied that these requirements are met, it will give the application a filing date. If registration is granted, it is retroactive to the filing date (TMO, s 48).

The application must state whether the trade mark is being used, by the applicant or with the applicant's consent, in relation to the goods and services applied for and if it is not being so used, whether the applicant honestly intends to use

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