HONG KONG'S intellectual property policy after 1997 is such a complex issue it is hard to fix an agenda to discuss it, the Joint Liaison Group (JLG) concluded yesterday.
After two days of expert talks, Chinese team leader Wang Weiyang believed more time was needed to decide whether the system should follow the Chinese or European model.
'The two sides have to keep in contact on this matter as it involves too many technical difficulties.
'What the territory needs is a full system that is in line with its status, the Basic Law and provides complete protection for intellectual property,' he said.
China hoped the system would cover four major areas - copyright, trademarks, patents and design.
Mr Wang said the trademark issue had been resolved, but copyright was still under discussion.
British team leader Stephen Selby described the talks as pragmatic.
Both sides had agreed to step up contacts, either formal or informal, to overcome the difficulties.
JLG experts will meet tomorrow to discuss air service agreements.