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3. How long does the legal protection of a trade mark last under the Trade Marks Ordinance?

Once a trade mark is registered, the registration will last for a period of 10 years beginning on the filing date of the application for registration (see section 48 and section 49 of the Trade Marks Ordinance). Each renewal of registration, which requires the payment of a renewal fee, extends the registration for another period of 10 years. Thus, unlike copyrights and patents, as long as its registration is renewed, a registered trade mark may continue to be protected indefinitely.