A Hong Kong company has applied to register the “Ping On” peace logo featured at Hong Kong’s annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival as a trademark, prompting fears among residents and shop owners on the outlying island that they might violate intellectual property rights, Hong Kong Daily News reported on Thursday.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which designed the logo with the Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee, said it will study the matter before responding, but Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee chairman Yung Chi-ming said the group firmly opposed the trademark application.
Trademark applications are processed by the Trade Marks Registry under the Intellectual Property Department, and are passed if no objections are raised during a three-month feedback period.
Kwok Kam-chuen, owner of a Ping On bun shop on the island, said the the trademark application will not necessarily go through.
However, Islands District Council member Kwong Koon-wan said the Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee should register the logo and authorize its use.
The company that filed the application said it was trying to promote respect for intellectual property rights and traditional culture, saying it would give a one-year grace period on public use of the logo if its application is granted.
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