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Intellectual Property Rights Investigations in Hong Kong

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Conducting intellectual property rights investigations in Hong Kong essentially protects the rights of intellectual property owners within the city and across China. These investigations help mitigate and prevent situations of intellectual property infringement by utilizing the expertise of private investigators or law enforcement agencies, ensuring the sanctity of the creator's original work.

Why Work with Us for Intellectual Property Investigations in Hong Kong?

Suzzess provides all-around specialized advice, investigations, and various services in relation to all matters of intellectual property protection in Hong Kong. Through our relationship with several leading corporations, our professional consultants provide advice and expertise related to the filing, prosecution, registration, protection, enforcement and licensing of Trademarks, Patents, Industrial Designs, Trade Secret and Copyrights.

We also have extensive experience in intellectual property theft investigations in Hong Kong. Our techniques allow us to provide a scientific method to substantiate or challenge allegations of intellectual property theft. Our professional team offers our clients a professional service that performs annual market research to collect product and pricing information, assisting our clients to effectively monitor their products, determine their authenticity, and identify the distribution of the grey market.

How Should You Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights?

The trademark owner's long-term anti-counterfeiting strategy must focus on the following 3 issues:

  1. Product improvement to make counterfeiting harder

    You should at least be able to identify counterfeit products, and preferably, to be able to discourage counterfeiting. Such devices and components can be invaluable in detecting counterfeit products in intellectual property investigations. Generally, counterfeiters will not include such "extras". They can also serve to make it more difficult to copy the product. It is essential that trusted experts are kept up to date with these anti-counterfeiting devices.

  2. Appropriate commitment of resources

    Counterfeiting of products, particularly in China, is a problem that cannot be resolved quickly. To keep the problem under control, resources must be committed from the outset to investigate and act against suspected counterfeiters. Resources cannot just be committed based on sales in China or Hong Kong but also must consider the potential worldwide risk from the export of counterfeit products. This is an expensive proposition but before any of the above areas of initial operation are costed, it is appropriate for the client to identify whether, in principle, they agree with the strategy set out above for their intellectual property investigation.

  3. Long-term intelligence gathering

    All intelligence gathered during anti-counterfeiting and anti-parallel import actions if relevant, must be collated and centrally coordinated to have available information concerning previous infringements in any future intellectual property investigations.

How Can Our Intellectual Property Investigation Services Help You Protect Your Rights and Interests in Hong Kong?

Suzzess is able to offer tailor-made programs for clients in Hong Kong to meet the above objectives and to conduct intellectual property investigations in an effort to locate the sources of production in major cities across China.

There are essentially 8 key services that we offer in the area of intellectual property investigations:

  1. Preliminary information:

    Identify for Suzzess, the current trademark and patent registration situation in the PRC for the purpose of the intellectual property investigation. Precise contact details of producers that are in China and the parameters of the agreements with them and products which they are allowed to manufacture.

  2. Training:

    Appoint a person with technical expertise of its products to liaise with Suzzess and answer all and any technical and identification questions that arise - also to meet with investigators and provide some background and training and to set up and train at least one individual in Hong Kong and one individual in China for the purposes of identification of counterfeit or genuine/modified products. This person will need to be trained to a certain level to be able to assist in civil and criminal legal proceedings, as well as to give evidence for intellectual property investigations.

  3. Precise identification of the targets:

    Through informants, development of intelligence, database and statutory searches or visits on the ground. Determination through statutory searches and enquiries size, scope and connections of the target to determine whether there are connections which could cause future problems for investigation (police/military/political connections) and also to gain an insight into whether damages recovery issues are possible.

  4. Investigation:

    From the sample purchase, identify the most suitable targets for further intellectual property investigation in Hong Kong. Suzzess may require conducting a mix of surveillance and trash searches to develop sources of supply information and/or conduct certain sensitive contact enquiries. These efforts are focused on targets identified as major suppliers with the goal of determining whether sources of supply are in China or elsewhere. It may be that meetings are required with informants in the field to develop sources of information. The trademark owner may wish to consider an intelligence/evidence-gathering exercise through the set up of an undercover distributor/retail operation, to identify distributor channels, warehouses and manufacturers.

  5. Approach for Samples & Evaluation:

    Try to obtain counterfeit sample purchases directly from the target, either directly or from another country, depending on the nature and size of the operation. China undercover on-shore and off-shore approaches suspected targets with a view to obtain evidence of counterfeiting. The sample purchase would target areas where the infringing products are located, and it is anticipated that the client could give some leads to those areas. This would then be followed by a review of all information/evidence and identification of appropriate action in the PRC, including administrative, criminal or civil action depending on the scope of the problem identified and the evidence available.

  6. Raids & Inspections:

    Once a target is located in the intellectual property investigation, Suzzess can assist in liaising with the local authorities in Hong Kong or the greater PRC. We'll take steps to arrange a raid, seize the counterfeit products, assist with documentation and obtain sanctions against the counterfeiter.

  7. Parallel imports/exports:

    If it is found that the client has a parallel imports problem in China, the keys to successful control are (1) to monitor sales by distributors and ensure that sales do not exceed what can reasonably be sold; (2) marking of codes to identify the source of a product on the product and packaging so that the source of products can be easily identified; (3) regular monitoring of the market to identify as quickly as possible, potential sources of parallel imports and (4) use of legal tools in those jurisdictions which allow controls on parallel imports to stop the flow into those jurisdictions.

  8. Monitoring of the marketplace:

    Suzzess Hong Kong can conduct market surveys and internet monitoring to trace the origins of the counterfeit merchandise suppliers and to assess the scale of production. Additionally, we closely monitor the emergence of counterfeit goods at trade fairs and file complaints to relevant law enforcement authorities as part of our intellectual property investigation strategies.

Contact us to keep your peace of mind with our intellectual property investigation and other services in Hong Kong

Suzzess is in a prime position to provide advice and assistance in each of these areas. To book your consultation for an intellectual property investigation in Hong Kong, or if you have any questions, fill out an online enquiry form here.

In addition to intellectual property investigation, our range of expertise and services includes corporate investigation, private investigation, insurance claims and fraud investigations, pre-employment screening, due diligence checks, and background checks in Hong Kong and beyond. If you need assistance in any of these areas, please contact us at +(852) 3705 3790 to learn more about how we can support you.

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