The provisions of the Patents Ordinance closely follow the provisions of the UK Patents Act of 1977 and the European Patent Convention of 1973.

Presently, Hong Kong has a system of re-registration for UK patents (including UK designated European patents) within five years of grant.

The proposed new law will provide for the grant of patents in Hong Kong based on re-registration of patents obtained in any of the Designated Patent Offices, namely:

  • the Chinese Patent Office
  • the European Patent Office (designating UK)
  • the UK Patent Office.

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