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Applying for a standard patent

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Applying for a standard patent


The grant of a standard patent in Hong Kong is based upon the prior grant of a corresponding patent by any one of three designated patent offices.  These are:

  • the State Intellectual Property Office, People's Republic of China
  • the United Kingdom Patent Office
  • the European Patent Office, in respect of a patent application designating the United Kingdom

An application for a standard patent 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 Hong Kong SAR. 

An applicant for a standard patent in Hong Kong shall enjoys the same right of priority as is enjoyed in respect of the designated patent application on which the applicant's standard patent application in Hong Kong is based.

There are two stages in the application process:

(i)  The first stage is to file with the Patents Registry, Intellectual Property Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR a Request to Record the patent application that has been filed in one of the three designated patent offices.

The Request to Record must be filed within six months of the publication of the application in one of the three designated patent offices.  This application for Request to Record would then undergo formality examination.  Where all supporting information and documents are in order, the application will be published in Hong Kong.

(ii)  The second stage is to file with the Patents Registry, Intellectual Property Department of the Hong Kong SAR a Request for Registration and Grant. This must be filed within six months of:

1.  the publication in Hong Kong of the Request to Record, or

2.  the grant of the patent by one of the three designated patent offices,

whichever is later.

This application for Request for Registration and Grant will then undergo formality examination.

It normally takes about three months after the filing of an application for a Request for Registration and Grant for the Registrar of Patents to register and grant a standard patent.   The Registrar will publish the details of each granted patent and advertise the grant in the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Journal.

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