Industrially applied designs are to enjoy full copyright protection, irrespective of whether they are functional or registrable. However, the protection only lasts for 25 years where the design has been registered in Hong Kong, and 15 years where it has not (irrespective of whether the design is inherently registrable). These arrangements may change if the government subsequently introduces sui generis legislation for unregistered designs.

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