Hong Kong has Granted First-ever Standard Patent by Original Grant

Hong Kong has Granted First-ever Standard Patent by Original Grant

The Intellectual Property Department granted the first ever original grant patent (OGP) on 4th June 2021, within 14 months after the date of filing of the original patent application by the applicant.

The OGP was introduced as part of the patent system reform in 2019 to provide inventors an additional route to obtain standard patent protection saving the need to file the patent application first in the designated jurisdictions outside Hong Kong and then having it re-registered in Hong Kong.

For details on the OGP and the rest of the patent reform, please refer to our article “New patent system in Hong Kong” posted on OLN law firm’s website as the Patents (General) (Amendment) Rule 2019 came into effect in December 2019.

If you have any questions in relation to patent protection of your invention in Hong Kong or other intellectual property protection, please feel free to contact our IP team at

By Vincent Fong & Benjamin Choi

Vincent Fong

Consultant, Patent Engineer

Vincent qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2015 upon completing his training at OLN. Vincent is also a registered United States patent agent. Prior to joining OLN, Vincent worked for United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a patent examiner in the area of processing architectures and instruction processing. Vincent also worked at a law firm and a patent agency in Hong Kong.

Vincent has experience handling various IP matters related to trademarks, patents, designs, copyright and other IP rights.

Vincent obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Michigan, and subsequently completed his Juris Doctor degree and PCLL program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Vincent speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Benjamin Choi

OLN IP Services Limited symbolises the transformation of Benjamin into a Brand Consultant after practicing as an Intellectual Property lawyer for over 20 years specialized in advising, resolving and the execution of all trade mark and related IP matters for a very wide spectrum of businesses through his tenure with 3 of the most leading and award winning law firms known for their IP practice in Hong Kong. He was a Partner of Mayer Brown and then Deacons from 2011 to 2020.

Benjamin is able to add practical and personal insights in the clients’ brand creation and development process by becoming involved at the earliest stage possible. Obviously, an obstacle (like any medical condition) is better to be unveiled sooner rather than later in order to be addressed or treated with the right option.

He is one of the leading and award winning trade mark practitioners in Hong Kong. With 20 years’ experience in local and foreign trademark prosecution, Benjamin is highly skilled in conducting IP due diligence for merger and acquisition projects involving the transaction of IP assets.

He also advises on general IP enforcement, passing-off/unfair competition, domain name disputes and data privacy issues. Benjamin is one of the former Presidents of the Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners and remains actively involved in the Institute’s collaboration with the Intellectual Property Department in IP law and policy review and consultation.

Outside of Hong Kong, Benjamin is active in INTA (member since 2009 and currently serving the INTA Bulletins Committee), APAA (member since 2008 and currently a Committee Member of the HK Group) as well as Marques (member since 2015 and currently serving the IP Emerging Issues Committee).

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