Intellectual property rights get top of mind attention, survey finds

Local | 11 Feb 2019 6:18 pm

The majority of Hong Kong people believe it is necessary to protect intellectual property rights, survey has found.

A total of 1,003 members of the public responded to the survey. An overwhelming majority (96.1 percent) consider it necessary to protect IP rights.

Most shared the view that IP rights protection is instrumental to the development of local creative industries (79.9 percent) and the overall economic development of Hong Kong (69.1 percent).

The survey was done by the Intellectual Property Department.

Over 85 percent re aware that legislation is in place in Hong Kong for protecting copyright, trademarks and patents. Moreover, 75.8 percent said that they do not buy any pirated or counterfeit goods (up from 70.9 percent in 2016 as revealed by the previous survey). And 78.1 percent shared the view that "it is morally wrong to buy pirated or counterfeit goods even knowing that it is an infringement of IP rights" (up from 74 percent in 2016).

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