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Healthcare enters new chapter

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said primary healthcare development has entered a new chapter under the efforts of the current-term Government.   Mrs Lam made the statement at the District Health Centre - New Journey in Primary Healthcare Ceremony, noting that she advocated in her first Policy Address in 2017 the setting up of District Health Centres (DHCs) that are operated in a brand new mode with a view to enhancing public awareness on preventive healthcare and personal health management through community networks.   To date, DHCs or DHC Expresses have started service in 14 districts. The DHCs will be extended to cover the remaining four districts of Wong Tai Sin, Yuen Long, Southern District and Tsuen Wan, in the next few months.   Mrs Lam noted that upon their presence in all 18 districts within this year, the DHCs and DHC Expresses will serve as the important hardware for promoting the collaboration of primary healthcare services.   She also pointed out that the Food &am

Patent granted under new system

The Intellectual Property Department's Patents Registry granted the first standard patent under the original grant patent (OGP) system this week, within 14 months after the application was filed.   Launched in December 2019, the OGP system creates a direct route for innovators to seek standard patent protection in Hong Kong with a maximum term of 20 years, providing an alternative to the existing re-registration route.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said: “It's an exciting moment to see the granting of the first-ever standard patent by original grant.   “It is a milestone in the development of Hong Kong's patent system, which is a key component of the intellectual property (IP) protection infrastructure and one of the important elements for the development of innovation and technology.”   The fact that a standard patent can be obtained directly in Hong Kong without first going through the registration process outside the city provides a convenient, direct and expeditious route for patent applicants and helps attract and facilitate more such applications, Mr Yau noted.   He added it also demonstrates the efficiency and efficacy of the city's patent system.   “The Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic & Social Development of the People's Republic of China & the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035 affirms the Central People's Government's support for the future development of Hong Kong in a wide spectrum of areas, including raising for the first time the support for Hong Kong to develop into a regional IP trading centre and an international I&T hub. We are equipping ourselves to leverage these new opportunities.”   Mr Yau pointed out that the launch and continued development of the OGP system is one of the strategic measures that the Government is pursuing to ensure that the local patent system advances with the times and meets the needs of the city's I&T and creative industries.   The invention of the first standard patent by original grant relates to the use of artificial intelligence to manage inventory in an e-commerce system.   As of May 31, the registry received 426 OGP applications, of which 33% were submitted by local residents or enterprises and 67% were from non-local applicants.   Click here for details of the OGP system.
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