Fast Action Scheme
Starting from October 2006, the Customs and Excise Department (the "Customs") will collaborate with the "Hong Kong Brands Protection Alliance" ("HKBPA") to conduct a trial run of the "Fast Action Scheme" ("the Scheme") during local fairs. HKBPA represents 46 trade associations and is now inviting applications from Hong Kong companies who are members of one of the 46 participating trade associations to join the Scheme.
Exhibitors can join the Scheme by registering the details of their trade marks and copyrights with HKBPA and paying the applicable handling fees to HKBPA prior to the fairs. Upon receipt of a complaint from the relevant trade mark or copyright owner, the Customs will take enforcement action against products exhibited at the fair that infringe the rights of those companies that have joined the Scheme.
The Scheme will be operated independently of the TDC by the Customs and HKBPA and is not a substitute for the existing on-site intellectual property rights ("IPR") complaints procedure implemented by the TDC. Exhibitors who do not wish to participate in the Scheme are welcome to visit the TDC's on-site IPR office for assistance in the same manner as at previous fairs.
For more details concerning the Scheme, please refer to the attached circular issued by HKBPA (Chinese only) or contact the Secretariat of HKBPA directly as follows:
Address: 3/F Hing Wai Centre, 7 Tin Wan Praya Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Exhibitors are also strongly advised to carefully scrutinize your exhibits and conduct all necessary due diligence on the IPRs attached to your exhibits prior to the Fair to avoid possible IPR infringement at the Fair.
If you have further questions regarding TDC's on-site IPR complaints procedure, please feel free to contact Mr. Kevin Ho at (852) 2240 4358.
Hong Kong Trade Development Council