Short-term patents are one of the two types of patents granted in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and applications for such patents have to be made to the Patents Registry.
Upon receiving the application for a short-term patent, the Registry will examine the formalities of the application. The formalities are the information required in the application form and the supporting documents. There is no substantive examination of the application, which means that the Registry does not assess the patentability of the invention, that is, whether the invention is novel, involves an inventive step and is susceptible to industrial applications.
8 years from the filing date
Within 12 months from the first filing date
Every 4 year
- A copy of specification containing a description, claims and abstract and a set of formal drawings.
- The name and address of the inventor/applicant.
- A statement form indicating your entitlement to the short-term patent. (if the applicant is not the inventor)
- A certified copy of the priority document if claiming for a priority right.
- A search report from China national Intellectual Property Administration or The European Patent Office or The United Kingdom Patent Office.