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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jul 23, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 12/20)
Hong Kong
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Preparation for Accession to Madrid Protocol


On June 19, 2020, Hong Kong gazetted the Trade Marks (Amendment) Ordinance, paving the way for the application of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Madrid Protocol) in Hong Kong. This follows on from the outcome of a public consultation conducted back in 2014.

Following the enactment of the Ordinance, the Hong Kong government will press ahead with relevant preparatory work for the implementation of the Protocol, including preparing subsidiary legislation to provide for the relevant procedural details, setting up a dedicated information technology system and obtaining the agreement of the central government to seek application of the Protocol to Hong Kong. Subject to the progress of this preparatory work, the local government aims to implement the Protocol in Hong Kong as soon as possible.


Source: www.nortonrosefulbright.com