Hong Kong Trademark Office
- Name of Office: IP Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
- Address: 24/F Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
- Phone number: (852)2961 6901
The Trademark Office applies the current version of the Nice Classification; you can find acceptable goods and services in this link.
Bonamark will prepare and file your trademark for registration in Hong Kong. Legal basis is the Trade Marks Act (Trademarks Ordinance, Cap. 559) in force since 4 April, 2003.
Even after the commission of Hong Kong to China, there is a separate trademark law in Hong Kong („trademarks ordinance“). IP rights registered in Hong Kong will not be automatically protected in China, and vice versa. The principles of “common law” apply.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition so to establish common law rights.
Trademark registration in Hong Kong: Requirements
Fill out our simple online form and a Trademark Specialist will contact you within 24 hours in order to guide you through the process.
Legal basis is the Trade Marks Act (Trademarks Ordinance, Cap. 559) in force since 4 April, 2003.
The Intellectual Property Department announced on 27 February, 2013 that the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Agreement) applies to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
Multiple-class applications are possible in Hong Kong.
What is registrable as a trademark?
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, holograms, movement marks, colors, combination of colors, patterns, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging, any combination of the mentioned signs and sound marks and smell marks.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks, collective marks, certification marks and defensive marks.
What will be required to file your brand in Hong Kong?
- Type of the applicant: individual or a company.
- Complete business name of the owner.
- Full address of the owner.
- Phone number - to contact you in case if any action is required.
- Mailing address - to forward you the certificate once the trademark is registered.
- List of goods/services.
- Class or classes.
- Trademark itself.
Foreign applicants need an address for service in Hong Kong.
A power of attorney is not necessary.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
Trademark registration: Procedure
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by use.
The processing time from first filing to registration is approximately from nine to twelve months. The first office action is issued after approximately 2 months.
Prior to registration, the trademark application is published in the “Hong Kong Intellectual Property Journal”.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of application.
The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
Available online, you can request a free trademark search online on our website or here:
Trademark Database, which contains registered and filed trademarks in Hong Kong.
This database is frequently updated so you can rely on the information, which you get from the website.
However, we recommend ordering a trademark study because this will let you check the probability of registration of your trademark in Hong Kong, calculated by an experienced professional.
Trademark Application Fees in Hong Kong
The official trademark filing fee is HKD 2,000 for the first class and HKD 1,000 for each additional class. There are no additional official fees for publication and registration.
Our fees (June 2018):
Trademark Search in one class (wordmark or logo): 99 USD
Additional class: 79 USD
Trademark Search in one class (wordmark + logo): 189 USD
Additional class: 159 USD
Trademark Registration Request in one class (wordmark or logo): 579 USD
Additional class: 299 USD
Trademark Registration Request in one class (wordmark + logo): 1159 USD
Additional class: 599 USD
No final fees are required.
We offer the following services in Hong Kong:
- Trademark Search
- Trademark Registration in Hong Kong
- Trademark renewal
- Trademark oppositions
- Defenses in case of oppositions or objections/office actions in Hong Kong
- Trademark cancellations
- Trademark assignment
- Change of name/Change of Address
If you are interested in any of these services, please feel free to contact us.