Patent

Patent is the protection for the invention which must be a novel and inventive product, method or substance.

A patent owner can prevent the others from manufacturing, using, selling, importing or exporting your patented invention. Anyone does the aforesaid actions without the authorization of the patent owner would result in patent infringement.

Some countries, for example, China, have two kinds of patents, depending on the nature of the invention.

Invention patent refers to any new techinical solution relating to a product, a process or improvement thereof.

Utility model patent refers to a new technical solution relating to the shape, the structure, or their combination, of a product, which is fit for practical use.

Importance of Patent Registration

  • The patentee can be a sole supplier of the patented invention
  • Allow any third party to use the patented invention for licensing fees

CountryPatent TypeRequired TimeValid Period
Hong KongStandard (1st stage)3-6 Months20 Years
Hong KongStandard(2nd stage)3-6 Months20 Years
Hong KongShort-term3-6 Months8 Years
Hong KongDesign3-6 Months25 Years
ChinaInvention30-36 Months20 Years
ChinaUtility Model12-18 Months10 Years
ChinaDesign9-12 Months10 Years
U.S.A.Invention/ Utility Model24-30 Months20 Years
U.S.A.Design10-12 Months14 Years
E.U.Invention36-48 Months20 Years
E.U.Design4-6 Months25 Years
JapanInvention24-30 Months20 Years
JapanUtility Model8-12 Months10 Years
JapanDesign15-18 Months20 Years
KoreaInvention30-36 Months20 Years
KoreaUtility Model12-18 Months15 Years
KoreaDesign10-15 Months20 Years


Popular Countries
for Patent Applicant

China
China
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
European Union
European Union
United States
United States
Canada
Canada
Australia
Australia
Korea
Korea
Japan
Japan
Macau
Macau
Singapore
Singapore
Malaysia
Malaysia
Taiwan
Taiwan
Indonesia
Indonesia
India
India