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  1. New property law deserves support

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the property sector would like to see as few restrictions as possible. But there is clear public consensus that a law is needed to stamp out misleading sales practices and make property transactions ... The way in which property is sold and marketed has long been a matter of public concern in Hong Kong. The marketing of properties is not regulated, unlike that for other commodities ...

  2. Time to revisit law and consider minority property owners' rights

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the applications for compulsory land sale orders were made by well-known property developers and property acquisition agencies. It appears that the new law, having operated for almost 18 months, works very ... With the entry into force on April 1, 2010, of an amendment to the law governing the compulsory sale of land for redevelopment, which reduced from 90 per cent to 80 per cent the proportion ...

  3. Home away from home

    Posted Jan 21st 2011, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... are benefiting from falling property prices and the weakness of the pound, which helps the Hong Kong dollar stretch further in that country's housing market. Hong Kong investors have bought fractional shares of holiday homes in Scotland. In such a scheme, each owner has an equal share of the property and time that can be spent there. Twenty-four fractional shares of apartments ...

  4. China's reputation in IP rights is still dismal, law firm survey finds

    Posted Nov 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... for software development, emerged as a favourable market in protecting patents and intellectual property rights ahead of Japan, the survey showed. Benjamin Bai, the law firm's head of its ... Denise Tsang denise.tsang@scmp.com Old habits die hard, and so is the daunting image of China in protecting intellectual property rights. This is a key finding of a survey of 1,000 ...

  5. Property-sales levy to pay for watchdog

    Posted Jul 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com A levy on property sales will be introduced to support a future watchdog to regulate building management companies. The government says the levy, to be set ... to owners and tenants,' he said. The levy will cover all property transactions but it has yet to be decided whether the buyer or the seller should pay. Under the regulatory framework, which ...

  6. Property agent jailed for tax evasion

    Posted Jan 14th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maggie Ng The sole proprietor of a real estate agency was jailed for seven months yesterday on six counts of tax evasion. Chan Kwok-ying, 49, earlier pleaded guilty in the District Court. Between 1999 and 2005, Chan falsely declared that her business earn ...

  7. How to make property and handouts do good work for the community

    Posted Apr 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jake van der Kamp has put the finger on colonial land policy ('Blame history, not Li Ka-shing for HK's tilted property market', April 10) as the cause of the aberration in the property market. But what if our government modified our land policy and conducted an experiment? Instead of inviting tenderers to buy leasehold land, what if the government invited master planners ...

  8. Property-grab rules must be given bite

    Posted Jan 26th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is rampant. This deepens mistrust in officials. A law protecting private property was enacted in 2007, but it does not apply to land, which cannot be privately owned. In any case, that seems ... rampant, they will have little effect. Authorities are rightly concerned about the protests and violence that unsurprisingly accompany illegal property grabs by developers and local governments. ...

  9. Woman 'damaged tycoon's property'

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maggie Ng An unemployed woman appeared in Eastern Court accused of damaging two lamps and a doorbell outside tycoon Li Ka-shing's house. Eva Leung Ling-yan, 46, did not enter a plea to criminal damage. She allegedly damaged the items outside Li's properties in Shouson Hill Drive, Aberdeen, on Saturday. The case was adjourned to February 7 for psychiatric reports. Leung ...

  10. ZTE lawsuit escalates intellectual property dispute with Huawei

    Posted Apr 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the illegal use of Huawei's intellectual property and resolve this dispute through negotiation so that our technology is used in a lawful manner,' Huawei chief legal officer Song Liuping ... Bien Perez ZTE yesterday hit Huawei Technologies with a countersuit on the mainland, escalating the intellectual property rights dispute between the country's two largest ...




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