What is the Patent Application Grant?
The Patent Application Grant (the Grant) is a funding scheme to assist local companies and individuals to apply for patents of their own inventions. The Grant is administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission with Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) as the implementation agent.
What is its objective?
The Grant aims to encourage local companies and inventors to capitalise their intellectual work through patent registration.
Who are eligible to apply?
All locally incorporated companies, Hong Kong permanent residents or Hong Kong residents permitted to remain in Hong Kong for not less than 7 years which/who have never owned any patents in any countries or territories before will be eligible.
For individual applicant, the applicant must be the sole inventor or one of the joint inventors of the invention.
For applicant company, the inventor(s) of the invention shall be a directly related party/parties to the applicant company, e.g. owner, shareholder, director, or staff. As the PAG is for first-time patent seekers only, funding support will not be provided if PAG has been granted to the applicant company's related companies (i.e. (1) company(ies) having a major shareholder (viz. those with 50% or more ownership) in common with the applicant company or (2) company(ies) without major shareholder(s) but having shareholders identical to those of the applicant company) before.
What kind of applications will be supported?
All applications for functional patents and inventions with technology elements and susceptible of industrial application are eligible. Cosmetic designs will not be supported. The implementation agent of the scheme will first conduct a patent search-cum-technical assessment to ensure that there is a reasonable chance of obtaining patent.
Who is the owner of the patent right?
Patents obtained through funding from the Grant will be fully held by the individual applicant/applicant company.
What is the form of funding support?
For an approved application, a grant of not more than HK$250,000 or 90% of the sum of the total direct cost of the patent application (including the cost for patent search-cum-technical assessment) and the administration fee charged by HKPC which is approximately equal to 20% of the total direct cost involved in patent application, whichever is the lower, will be provided. Since the grant will also be used to cover the administration fee charged by HKPC, the maximum amount of grant which could be used for the patent-search-cum-technical assessment and other direct costs of patent application should be around $200,000, out of a maximum grant of HK$250,000.
Funds are only released to the implementation agent through which the patent application is processed. The grant is for covering the cost for patent search-cum-technical assessment and the administration fee mentioned above, as well as other direct costs involved in the patent application process. Examples are attorney fees, consultant fees and filing of patent applications. Other expenses, including any costs incurred before the date of approval of the application and the renewal fee of granted patents, are not fundable. The grant is non-transferrable and will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval of the application. The grant may not be sufficient to cover the patent application expenses, and individual applicant/applicant company has to bear the remaining balance.
How will the applications be processed?
Applications will be processed through the implementation agent on a confidential basis. Applicants must provide the implementation agent with details of their idea or inventions. A patent search-cum-technical assessment will be required. Based on the result of the patent search-cum-technical assessment conducted by the implementation agent, the Innovation and Technology Commission will decide whether the applications should be approved. The Commission's decision will be final.
How to obtain more information about the Grant?
You can obtain more information from us at
|Address:||Innovation and Technology Commission
21/F, West Wing,
Central Government Offices,
2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar,
|Telephone:||(852) 3655 5678|
|Fax:||(852) 2957 8726|
or the implementation agent as follows:
|Address:||Hong Kong Productivity Council
78 Tat Chee Avenue,
|Telephone:||(852) 2788 5958|
|Fax:||(852) 3187 4509|
The HKPC has compiled a set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for PAG which can be found here.
How to apply?
Download the application form below. Please attach a cheque, amounting to HK$3,000, made payable to "Hong Kong Productivity Council" upon submission of the application form. Applications without the cheque will not be processed.