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Enforcement of IP - related orders

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Enforcement of IP - related orders


Similar to IP rights, an IP-related order made by a court is jurisdictional and can only be enforced in the jurisdiction where it is made. There are circumstances where IP-related orders made by Hong Kong courts may have to be enforced outside Hong Kong or vice versa, for example, the IP agreement was entered into Hong Kong but the infringement occurs outside Hong Kong.

1. Enforcement of foreign judgments

A foreign judgment concerning civil and commercial matters, if it satisfies certain conditions, may be enforced in Hong Kong under the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance, Chapter 319 or at common law.

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2. Reciprocal enforcement of civil judgments with Mainland courts

In 2006, Hong Kong and the Mainland entered into an arrangement for the mutual recognition of certain civil judgments which may include IP-related judgments.

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3. Arbitral Awards

Arbitral awards may be enforced according to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (“New York Convention”) .

The New York Convention, which applies to Hong Kong, provides for mutual recognition and enforcement of the awards made in arbitration proceedings conducted in the contracting states.  In 2015, more than 150 countries including most of the economically developed countries are contracting parties to the Convention.

Therefore, an arbitral award made in Hong Kong can be recognised by the courts in other contracting states, and after registration in their courts, it can be enforced by the court of those countries.

The list of countries that are contracting state parties to the New York Convention can be found here.

Examples of the state parties include: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.

In addition to the New York Convention, Hong Kong has entered into arrangement with the Mainland authorities for mutual enforcement of arbitral awards in 1999 and with the Macao SAR in 2013.

4. Mediation agreements

If an agreement has been reached over mediation, this will be enforced as a binding contractual agreement between the parties. For more information, please visit here.