Patent 2018-03-26T10:29:20+00:00


Patent is the protection for the invention which must be a novel and inventive product, method or substance.

A patent owner can prevent the others from manufacturing, using, selling, importing or exporting your patented invention. Anyone does the aforesaid actions without the authorization of the patent owner would result in patent infringement.

Some countries, for example, China, have two kinds of patents, depending on the nature of the invention.

  • Invention Patent﹕any new technical solution relating to a product, a process or improvement thereof.

  • Utility Model Patent: a new technical solution relating to the shape, the structure, or their combination, of a product, which is fit for practical use.

Importance of Patent Registration

  • The patentee can be a sole supplier of the patented invention

  • Allow any third party to use the patented invention for licensing fees

Country Patent Type Required Time Valid Period
Hong Kong Standard (1st stage) 3-6 Months 20 Years
Standard(2nd stage)
Short-term 8 Years
Design 25 Years
China Invention 30-36 Months 20 Years
Utility Model 12-18 Months 10 Years
Design 9-12 Months
U.S.A. Invention/ Utility Model 24-30 Months 20 Years
Design 10-12 Months 14 Years
E.U. Invention 36-48 Months 20 Years
Design 4-6 Months 25 Years
Japan Invention 24-30 Months 20 Years
Utility Model 8-12 Months 10 Years
Design 15-18 Months 20 Years
Korea Invention 30-36 Months 20 Years
Utility Model 12-18 Months 15 Years
Design 10-15 Months 20 Years