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The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department Commenced The
Soft Launch Of An Online Registered Design Search On 16 February
The new online system contains all registered designs on the
Hong Kong Register of Designs. Simple and advanced searches
can be conducted in Chinese and English. Three types of
search results, namely image, details and details and image, are
To conduct a search, one has various search criteria for the
scope range of the search to include registrations starting from
and ending with a certain number, the name of the article,
registered owner, class (and sub-class) under the Locarno
Classification, the filing date or date of registration, address
for service, priority number, priority date, UK registration number
and Hong Kong registration date. The "Simple
Search" interface provides drop-down menus (e.g. Contain word,
Exact Word, Part Word) to guide your search while the
"Advanced Search" interface allows the entering wildcard
characters in the text criteria. "Contain word"
will locate designs containing an identical word queried,
"exact word" designs with an identical word queried and
"part word" designs containing the character(s)
queried. The wildcard characters "%" will
substitute any characters and "_" substitute a single
character for text searches. It should be noted that some
search criteria do not apply to a design registered in the United
Kingdom which is deemed to be registered in Hong Kong under the
Registered Designs Ordinance.
As compared to the old system, the new online search is an
obvious improvement. Searches can now be conducted around the
clock instead of being confined to the operation hours of the
Department. It is more user-friendly, easy to access and is
free of charge.
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