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Patent Law

Patent system in need of update

Hong Kong faces a steep learning curve when it comes to nurturing creativity and innovation. We have the talent, but have lagged behind in developing it.

Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 12:00am

Toy war breaks out over 'hot' car

It is already being tipped as one of the 'must-haves' for this Christmas: a motorised toy car that zips along the floor in pursuit of a beam of light that is projected by a gun-shaped, hand-held infrared controller.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

ZTE sues Ericsson in intellectual property row

The intellectual-property rights dispute between ZTE and Ericsson has intensified, with the Shenzhen-based company hitting its Swedish rival's mainland operation with a patent-infringement lawsuit.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing security check needed for inventors seeking patents abroad

Chinese inventors hoping to seek patents abroad must go through a state security examination as Beijing tries to prevent the leak of sensitive technology, while streamlining the application process to encourage Chinese companies to take innovations abroad.

4 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Think out of the box

Technology has developed rapidly over the past decades, making the world a more prosperous place. Along with the progress, our lives have changed.

In the 19th century, flying was thought to be impossible, but it became a reality in 1903, thanks to the Wright brothers.

27 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Patent applications jump by 33pc

The mainland has moved up to third in the world after Japan and the US in the number of patent applications, state media reported yesterday.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Anger over new year song royalties

Small businesses told to pay fees for playing festive tunes

Businesses are fuming over a campaign by the music industry to collect royalties on popular Lunar New Year songs, no matter if the tunes are played in big department stores or small coffee shops.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Question of the week: What is the world's greatest invention?

Borromeo Li Ka-kit, 17

Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

The automobile. Imagine if today's society were not equipped with cars, we would have to ride a horse to travel. Now we can easily go hundreds of miles by car. It marks the phenomenal development of the human race.

James Chim Wai-chiu, 17

Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

8 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Patent trolling a thorn in the side of hi-tech giants

'Spectators' build up an IP portfolio and then wait for a big firm to infringe upon it

New economy sources strenuously avoid using the words 'patent extortion'. The phrase is taboo for good reason. The Illinois-based patent purchasing firm TechSearch slapped a libel suit on the semiconductor giant Intel when a spokesman called TechSearch 'a patent extortionist'.

23 May 2006 - 12:00am

Patent trolling a thorn in the side of hi-tech giants

New economy sources strenuously avoid using the words 'patent extortion'. The phrase is taboo for good reason. The Illinois-based patent purchasing firm TechSearch slapped a libel suit on the semiconductor giant Intel when a spokesman called TechSearch 'a patent extortionist'.

22 May 2006 - 12:00am

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12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Patent claims see biggest rise in 20 years

Patent applications on the mainland increased by more than a third last year, but quality standards were lower than overseas, the state intellectual property chief said in Beijing yesterday.

16 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Agency to handle defence patents

Changes will help prevent leaking of military secrets

The mainland will set up an agency to handle defence-related patents under new legislation to take effect on November 1.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Missile technology helps 3D image invention hit bullseye

A three-dimensional imaging system that uses technology developed for guided missiles has won an international award for its Hong Kong inventor.

One of 25 winning inventions from Hong Kong at the Fifth China International Invention Expo in Shanghai, the system took 15 years to perfect, according to inventor Lee Cheung-kin.

8 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Lifting the lid on ideas

One doesn't have to be an Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison to become a great inventor. However, definite prerequisites include a mind for bold ideas and, perhaps more importantly, the persistence and courage to overcome scores of failed experiments and ideas before a bona fide invention is born.

25 May 2004 - 12:00am

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