Knowledge Transfer Office

Student Patent Award

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To promote DEC 2.0 (Discovery-enriched Curriculum 2.0) as a way for our students to demonstrate their learning outcome of entrepreneurial skill set, this Award is designed to reward students for their successful patent application for their own inventions.

We believe that students have unprecedented opportunities to create new knowledge and come up with original creations, new inventions and discoveries to solve problems of today and tomorrow. Such new creations, inventions or discoveries can be protected as different types of "intellectual property" (IP). Click here to learn more about IP at CityU.

The Student Patent Award aims to:
  • stimulate students’ innovations which lead to the creation of IP;
  • encourage students to take their innovative ideas and intellectual work to the next level through patent registration and realize their dreams; and
  • protect the ownership and exploitation of IP developed by students, which has potential for commercialization.

All CityU students of UGC-funded programmes, except exchange students, who fulfill the below requirements, whether individual or teams, are eligible to apply for the Award.
  
  1. Successfully filed a patent application, excluding design patent, in any countries or territories during their study; and
  2. Must be the applicant AND one of the inventors of the filed patent application.

For each filed patent with more than one inventor, only one application for this Award shall be submitted to Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO). Only one award shall be given upon successful application of this Award.

The Student Patent Award offers an award of up to HK$5,000^ to reward students at CityU for each successfully filed patent application on their own inventions.

^For each filed Hong Kong short-term patent or Chinese utility model, an award of HK$3,000 shall be given.

Applicant shall read the Application Guidelines of Student Patent Award carefully before submitting his/her application.

Completed application form together with all required supporting documents must be submitted to KTO. KTO may meet with the applicant for further information if deemed necessary.

Call for application
Open throughout the year

Submission of application documents

Result announcement:
Within six weeks after the acknowledgement of receiving a complete set of application
Student Patent Award - Application Guidelines
Student Patent Award - Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have worked collaboratively with CityU staff for an invention and we filed an application for its patent through      the University. Am I eligible to apply for this Award with the filed patent application?

A: In this case, the University is the patent applicant. As you are not the applicant of the patent application, you are not eligible to apply for this Award as mentioned under Eligibility.

Q: Can I apply for this Award if my patent application is applied through KTO of CityU and funded by the      University?

A: This Award is not applicable for those patents which are filed through KTO using the University’s funding. In this case, the University is the patent applicant. As you are not the applicant of the patent application, you are not eligible to apply for this Award as mentioned under Eligibility.

Q: My patent application was successfully filed years ago, can I use such an application to apply for this Award?

A: As long as the patent is filed in the course of your study and you meet other eligibility requirements, you are welcome to submit your application for this Award.

Q: Can I apply for this Award if the patent application is fully/partially funded by non-CityU parties?

A: Given that you fulfill all the requirements as mentioned under Eligibility, you are welcome to apply for this Award.

Q: Am I eligible to apply for this Award if I am not a Hong Kong permanent ID card holder?

A: You can apply for the Award if you are a CityU student of UGC-funded programmes, except exchange student, and fulfill all the requirements as mentioned under Eligibility.

Q: Do I own the patent rights at CityU if the intellectual work is created in the course of study?

A: The activities of staff and students, whether as part of their work or not, may yield intellectual property rights. Please refer to the University Policy on Intellectual Property for details about the ownership of these rights.

Q: If I filed an application for a patent with co-inventors who are non-CityU members, am I eligible to get the      Award?

A: If you are the applicant AND one of the inventors of the filed patent application, and fulfil other eligibility requirements, you are eligible to apply for the Award.

Q: How can I learn more about the University Policy on Intellectual Property (IP)?

A: You can refer to this website for details about CityU's policy on the ownership of IP rights, if there is income derived from the exploitation of IP rights, and how it should be distributed.

Q: Where can I get more information about patent and patent application?

A: You can learn more through this website. If you need consultation sessions with professional patent lawyers, you could use our consulting service “Expert Corner”, which is FREE of charge. Please schedule an appointment by indicating your preferred timeslot here or sending an email to sian.chan@cityu.edu.hk for arrangement.

Dr Sian Chan
Email: sian.chan@cityu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 34426707