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The Chief Executive Election - Really?; Protection of Intellectual Property in Hong Kong and China; Conservation Partnerships (17 Jun 2005)


This week, there being only one validly nominated candidate at the close of the nominations, Donald Tsang was returned and elected at the 2005 Chief Executive Election. As he had the approval of more than 700 of the 796 Election Committee members, no poll was needed. But with only one candidate, alleged pressure from Beijing, and a lacklustre showing by democrats, how much of an election was it? On Wednesday in the Legislative Council, Wong Ting-kwong, who represents the Import and Export Sector, raised the issue of a recent survey conducted for the Intellectual Property Department. It showed a fairly strong awareness of IP rights among the 1206 local businesses interviewed, but it also revealed that some didn't understand the registration systems in Hong Kong and in the mainland. We look at how well intellectual property is protected in both places. People are becoming more aware of the need to conserve Hong Kong's countryside, but existing legislation is often criticised as fragmented, incomplete, and sometimes just plain destructive. Last November, the government introduced a policy that allows public and private partnerships to develop 12 priority sites in the New Territories as long as they pay sufficient attention to conservation, but is it progressing quickly enough?

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, June 17, 2005
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