On 30 January 2018, our Hong Kong office hosted an interactive discussion on the increasingly complex legal landscape of advertising activities in Hong Kong and China. Partner Eugene Low and our guest speaker, Dr. Albert Ho, practising barrister and former Assistant Commissioner of the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, provided their insights on some
Businesses are looking for innovative ways to advertise their offerings and catch the attention of consumers. At the same time, consumer rights are on the rise globally and the laws are increasingly complex and stringent on what advertisers can and should say. For instance, when can traders say they are “No.1” in the trade? Can one
Having an eye for strategic detail is often a key to winning the IP disputes in Asia, whether you’re enforcing or defending your IP rights. In this webinar, trademark experts from our Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices will discuss the strategies to improve your chances in winning the trademark disputes in your jurisdictions. Topics covered during
On 28 December 2017, the District Court of Hong Kong handed down sentences varying from 21 to 27 months’ imprisonment against 3 individuals who took part in a scheme that enabled users of the “Maige Set Top Box” (the “Maige Box“) to view pay TV channels for free. This case sets one of the heaviest
Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 comes into effect The long-awaited Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 (the “Amendment Ordinance“) is finally applicable to arbitrations commenced on or after 1 January 2018 or to arbitrations commenced prior to this date if the parties themselves choose to apply the amendments to their arbitrations. By introducing sections 103A to 103J into
From cosmetics to electronics, the quickening pace of counterfeit products continues to be a real threat to many businesses. Companies need more effective ways to protect their brand against fraud both online and offline. In this webinar, our speakers from China, Hong Kong, Japan and Vietnam will discuss key anti-counterfeiting strategies covering various jurisdictions. Join
On 4 September 2017, the Communications Authority of Hong Kong (“CA“) announced that it will review the relevant provisions in the codes of practice governing indirect advertising and product/service sponsorship (commonly known as “product placement”) in television programmes. Currently, the rules for television advertising are contained in the Generic Code of Practice on Television Advertising
We are delighted to co-sponsor this event on 21 September, with our lawyers Monique Woo and Serena Lim attending. Serena will be chairing the session on anti-counterfeiting. This event is a great opportunity for women in IP to deepen knowledge of regional & global IP developments and senior thought leadership. Topics include: Licensing Anti-counterfeiting technology Emerging technology and related IP challenges Advertising in
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