Last year, 9,102 applications were made for standard patents, with 34 per cent or 3,075 approved. In 2002, 2,176 were granted out of 9,130 applications.
The validity of standard patents lasts 20 years.
For short-term patents, which last eight years, 335 were granted out of 398 applications last year.
A total of 3,310 designs were registered out of 3,327 applications last year. There were 20,359 trademarks registered out of 20,382 over the same period.
Instead of carrying out assessments of the inventions, Hong Kong grants patents based on the applications which have received patents or registration from patent offices on the mainland or in Europe.
Source: Intellectual Property Department