Hong Kong: Trademark Practice - Small changes, big differences

20 May 2020 By Benjamin Choi, Loretta Lau

Significant changes are expected to be introduced to the trademark law of Hong Kong to cater for the examination, acceptance and administration of the International Registration of marks under the Madrid System which is tentatively scheduled for launch in 2022/23. The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department (IPD) is revamping the trademark law to align with international practices, after holding several industry consultations to gather opinions and recommendations.LEARN MORE

Reform to Hong Kong’s data protection law finally on the horizon. Watch this space!

21 April 2020 By Charmaine Koo, Amy Chung

After many years of discussion, action to reform Hong Kong’s Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”) has been gaining momentum as the Hong Kong Government and the Privacy Commissioner (“Commissioner”) endeavour to update the PDPO in line with international standards and to address new challenges to data protection amidst the rapid development of information and communication technologies.LEARN MORE

China tightens protection of personal information – what you need to know about the 2020 Chinese Personal Information National Standard

08 May 2019 By Dora Si, Andy Yu

In further tightening of the personal information protection regulatory regime in China, the State Administration for Market Supervision and the Standardization Administration of China have jointly issued a new version of the National Standard Personal Information Security Specification (“2020 PIS”) on 6 March 2020.LEARN MORE

Countdown to Brexit - what will happen to my intellectual property?

04 September 2018

With the clock now counting down to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019, the full implications of Brexit on intellectual property rights (IPRs) have been unclear. The European Commission published the first draft of an agreement governing the UK's withdrawal from the EU in February which set out, for the first time, a detailed and specific position on IPRs, post-Brexit. An updated draft was published on 19 March 2018 and, although negotiations are still ongoing, it seems that certain key IP provisions have been agreed, providing some much needed clarity for IP owners.LEARN MORE

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