The Intellectual Property Department consists of the Trade
Marks, Patents and Designs Registries and a legislation policy
division. The department is responsible for legislation to
protect intellectual property in Hong Kong. During the year,
the department continued its review of the law on trade marks
and a draft Trade Marks Bill was put forward for consultation.
The new Patents and Registered Designs Ordinances came
into force on June 27, 1997, to localise registration systems
which were previously dependant on United Kingdom
legislation. Independent registration systems for patents and
designs have been established in Hong Kong for the first time.
A new Copyright Ordinance was also enacted and came into
effect on June 27, 1997.