Hong Kong as Asia’s IP Marketplace


Hong Kong is your ideal marketplace for intellectual property (IP) trading. Its excellent business environment allows you to have easy access to equity financing, which explains why it is among the world’s largest IPO markets by fund-raising size and one of the largest venture capital centres in Asia. Its robust legal and IP regimes also make Hong Kong the fourth largest arbitration and dispute resolution centres along with her counterparts in the US, Japan and the Chinese mainland, etc.

The greatest advantage of Hong Kong, however, is its extensive connections with the world. Hong Kong has a dynamic cluster of companies that work with IP owners in Asia and beyond, act as their agents and sell their IP to overseas markets. In particular, its proximity to China enables it to be an ideal two-way conduit to connect the mainland with the world. The immense business potential of China has created a growing number of mainland IP owners who are looking for marketing channels and IP specialists to help internationalise their businesses. Here, Hong Kong has been playing a strong role in IP exploitation, facilitating import of overseas IP to the Chinese mainland, through further modification or customisation of the IP to suit special needs of mainland-based users. With such huge demand for foreign IP, it is then no wonder that so many overseas companies are establishing their regional headquarters in Hong Kong, where international buyers and professional IP intermediaries converge to benefit from the city’s professional services that meet and exceed international standards.

Useful Business Contacts in Hong Kong 

Hong Kong manufacturers
Hong Kong service companies

Extended Readings: 

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights: Trademark Registration (Source: HKTDC Research)

Intellectual Property in Hong Kong (Source: Intellectual Property Department)

Practical Guide to IP Managers (Source: Intellectual Property Department) 

Intellectual Property Audit & Due Diligence (Source: Intellectual Property Department)

Intellectual Property Rights of Foreign Companies Entering the China Market (Source: HKTDC Research)

Guide to Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in China (Source: HKTDC Research)

Hong Kong grows as a regional intellectual property market (Source: HKTDC Research)

Intellectual Property Protection in the Philippines (Source: HKTDC Research)

Intellectual Property Protection in Vietnam (Source: HKTDC Research)

Intellectual Property Protection in Cambodia (Source: HKTDC Research)

Intellectual Property Protection in Malaysia (Source: HKTDC Research)

Intellectual Property Protection in Singapore (Source: HKTDC Research)


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