Yesterday, on 14 June 2017, two sets of amendments to Hong Kong’s arbitration law were passed to clarify that: third party funding of arbitration, mediation and related proceedings is permitted under Hong Kong law, and disputes over intellectual property rights (“IPRs“) can be resolved through confidential arbitration and that it is not contrary to the
The astonishing growth of Asian economies has led to companies in the region making enormous strides in commercialising and monetising their IP rights. However, the region presents unique risks and challenges in the protection of IP rights. In this context, we are delighted to announce the launch of our IP enforcement toolkit for Asia which we hope
Asia IP Webinar series: We are running a series of webinars in 2017 to help you stay up to date with Intellectual Property news and developments in the Asia Pacific region. Covering a variety of topics of interest, we will be kicking off our series this month with a look at the world of Trademarks.
Hogan Lovells represented Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH (“Federation”) in a successful appeal against a decision of the Hong Kong Registrar of Trade Marks in an opposition involving the “Swiss” certification mark. Importantly, the Court’s decision confirms the public interest in ensuring that certification marks are given the necessary protection in Hong Kong.
The Court of Final Appeal (“CFA“) handed down its judgment in TWG Tea Co Pte Ltd and another v Tsit Wing (Hong Kong) Co Ltd and others, FACV 15 of 2015 in January 2016, in which it considered issues relating to trade mark infringement under section 18(3) of the Trade Marks Ordinance (Cap. 559) (the
The Trade Marks Registry has recently accepted a movement mark for registration in Hong Kong. Subject to any opposition being filed, we will see Hong Kong’s first registration for a movement mark in May 2016. This will be the first registration for a movement mark since the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department published a new
In a recent interview, the Hong Kong Customs & Excise Department explained the efforts that Customs has taken to tackle counterfeit cosmetics in the Hong Kong market and urged IP right owners to record their IP rights with Customs to facilitate such anti-counterfeiting efforts. Customs officers in particular mentioned the success that Customs recently had