a Patent Agent, We represent clients before the Intellectual Property
Department (The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region)
on all patent matters.
you have created a new or improved product, article of manufacture,
chemical composition, process and all new design of a functional item.
Your chances for success depend on the action you take to patent the
is a Patent?
A Patent gives the patentee exclusive rights to an invention, in return
for full disclosure to the public, for a set period of time is 20 years
(most other countries).
all inventions patentable?
No, to be patentable an invention has to be novelty and not obvious
to a person of ordinary skill who is experienced in that particular
technology. In many countries, scientific theories, mathematical methods,
plant or animal varieties, discoveries of natural substances or methods
for medical treatment are generally not patentable.
Also, in order to obtain a valid Patent, most countries require a patent
application to be filed before the invention is made available to the
public in any way.
should I protect my invention?
are often a good warning to the other businesses. Many competitors are
now more aware of Patents and the consequences of being found to be
infringing a Patent.
When viewed over 20 year life of the Patent, it is very cost effective
for the protection which is obtained.
Patents can be used to gain capital. They can be sold, or mortgaged
to a bank to raise funds. You can also license your Patent in order
to raise funds through royalty payments.
progress, all success, springs from thinking. It makes sense to protect
an idea, before you make it, and before someone else profits from it.
It could be your most valuable asset. You need to be careful to avoid
losing your rights.