Fri, September 20, 2013
At the HK/EU Expert Conference on cooperation in protecting and developing IP and brands at the beginning of this month, Peter Cheung, director of Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of Hong Kong SAR, is demonstrating that he is a man of all seasons in regard to encouraging smell marks in Hong Kong. Under the name Fragrant Hong Kong, which is a well chosen pleonasm since Hong Kong already means “fragrant harbour”, each season has its own activities to raise awareness about and interest in smell marks, see here, suggesting that a company can provide a good with different smells for different seasons. One of the non-traditional marks Hong Kong allows is the smell mark (Cap. 559 Trade Mark Ordinance of Hong Kong, Section 3(2). Like any trademark it should be distinctive. Applicants cannot just provide a chemical formula, but must also give a description that is clear for members of the public looking at the electronic register exactly what the mark is being applied for.
香 heung/xiang= fragrant
港 gong/gang = harbour
香港= Hong Kong (En), Heung Gong (Cant.), Xiang Gang (Cn)= fragrant harbour
The IPD’s philosophy is that companies can compete using all sensory stimuli in their goods and will organise the Global Sensory Branding Forum in Hong Kong in 2014.
Mon, January 9, 2012
Knowles Building, at HKUPhoto: Danny Friedmann Last Saturday morning, lawyers, academics and students from Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Australia, Japan and the U.S., all passionate about intellectual property rights, gathered at the University of Hong Kong for a round table discussion on intellectual property and policy. It was organised by the Law & Technology Centre […]
Sat, June 18, 2011
June 16th, the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (ECCHK) organised together with the European Union Business Information Programme of Hong Kong and Macao the 3rd annual China IPR SME Helpdesk seminar, this time about ‘Technology Transfer and Essential IP Strategies for EU SMEs in Mainland China and Hong Kong’. For all companies that are […]
Tue, April 19, 2011
The outdoor advertisement of Polo Santa Roberta no longer has theBurberry tartan pattern background “Buy one get one free” Is this what luxury goods manufacturers such as Polo Ralph Lauren and Burberry want to be associated with? Here you can see the ® of registered trademark on the promotional poster Still Polo Santa Roberta bags use […]
Thu, August 7, 2008
Mr Stephen Selby, director of the Intellectual Property Department urges spectators to the Olympic equestrian (horses) event in Hong Kong to abide by the Olympic rules on brand protection and advertising. This means that in the Olympic stadium and venues you can not wear clothes with large or obvious advertising of a brand. If people […]
According to the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of the Hong Kong Government the top e-filers of all e-transactions in 2008 were: Ranking Firms 1 UNDISCLOSED 2 DEACONS 3 WILKINSON & GRIST 4 JSM 5 BAKER & MCKENZIE 6 SIT, FUNG, KWONG AND SHUM SOLICITORS 7 CLT PATENT & TRADEMARK (H.K.) LIMITED 8 CHINA.HK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY […]