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Hong Kong Customs today began a three-day Regional High-Level Conference on IP Protection, which is expected to gather at least 200 representatives from law enforcement agencies, the World Customs Organization, Interpol, Europol and the business sector.


This marks the first time for Hong Kong Customs to host a large-scale regional conference on intellectual property (IP) protection. Centered on enforcement, engagement and education, the event features thematic presentations and discussions on IP to enable participants to examine enforcement effectiveness and strategies from diverse perspectives as well as foster co-operation and information exchanges between law enforcement agencies and industry stakeholders.


Financial Secretary Paul Chan, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau and Commissioner of Customs & Excise Louise Ho officiated at a ceremony today to kick-off the conference.


In his speech, Mr Chan said that the conference provided an ideal platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of IP protection and development. He also commended Hong Kong Customs for its stringent enforcement of IP laws, continuous engagement with stakeholders, dedication in public education, as well as forging close partnership with regional law enforcement agencies.


He also shared the advantages and new initiatives for Hong Kong to develop into a regional IP trading centre, including the introduction of the “patent box” tax incentive, the establishment of a World Intellectual Property Organization Technology & Innovation Support Centre, and the introduction of regulatory arrangements covering local patent-agent services.


Also speaking at the conference, Mr Yau expressed hope that it would serve not only as a platform to address IP enforcement issues but also as an opportunity for economies in the Asia-Pacific Region to forge stronger alliances, share best practices and develop innovative solutions for the challenges ahead.


Ms Ho also took the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with the commissioners of Indian Customs and the Philippines Customs, and met the Cambodian General Department of Customs & Excise Deputy Director General to enhance co-operation.