Hong Kong Patent Law Reform: Are the courts up to the challenge?
First 15-20 minutes is for networking Sandwiches & beverages included
Hosted by the Intellectual Property Committee
The Hong Kong government has the goal of developing Hong Kong into a regional innovation and technology hub. It has just published the report of an advisory committee on Hong Kong patent system. The report recommends the development of an original grant system for patents in Hong Kong as well as the regulation of the patent attorney profession. The development of an own grant system and expansion of patent services should bring a larger number of patent cases before the Hong Kong courts. When the UK reformed their patent system in 1977, the report of the UK committee recommended major changes in the handling of patent cases.
These were implemented. In the past two decades, numerous other countries around the world, including Mainland China, the USA and Japan have made major improvements in the way in which patent cases are handled. Since the handover in 1997, no reform has been attempted of the rules for handling patent cases in Hong Kong. There is no specialist IP list in the courts nor any specialist IP judges. Will the Hong Kong courts be up to the challenge of a reformed system? Doug Clark will lead an interactive discussion of what changes could be made to the system of handling IP cases in Hong Kong to meet the challenge of a new patent system.
Hogan Lovells 11/F, One Pacific Place 88 Queensway Admiralty, Hong Kong