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Applying for a short-term patent

Applying for a short-term patent

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Applying for a short-term patent


The grant of a short-term patent in Hong Kong is based upon a search report issued by –

  • an international searching authority, or
  • one of three designated patent offices in respect of the grant of standard patents in Hong Kong.

An application may be filed in English or in Chinese.  It can either be filed online or be physically lodged with the Patents Registry, Intellectual Property Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR

An application for a short term patent can be made at any time before disclosure of the invention in question. However, if you wish to claim priority based on the filing of a prior application in another country, the application should be filed within 12 months of making that other application.

Subject to formality examination by the Registrar of Patents and due correction of deficiencies by the applicant, if any, the Registrar will grant a short-term patent.  It normally takes about three months after the filing of an application for a short-term patent for the Registrar to grant the patent provided that all information and documents in support of the application meet the prescribed requirements for grant.  The Registrar will publish details of the granted patent and advertise the grant in the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Journal.

For more information about applying for a short-term patent in Hong Kong, visit the Intellectual Property Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.