Hong Kong Licensing Awards 2017 cum Asian Licensing Awards 2017 Awards Presentation Ceremony Acknowledge Outstanding Creative and Licensing Talent  Foster the Development of Intellectual Property Trading

The Awards Presentation Ceremony of “Hong Kong Licensing Awards 2017 (“HKLA 2017”) cum Asian Licensing Awards 2017” was held today (Tuesday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) to present awards to the outstanding local creative and licensing talent as an acknowledgement of their achievement.

HKLA is organised annually by the Asian Licensing Association (ALA), with the continuous support from Create Hong Kong (“CreateHK”) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region  (“HKSAR”) as the Sponsor, to acknowledge the outstanding achievement of the leading licensing practitioners in Hong Kong as well as to boost the development of the licensing and creative industries.  Its 2017 edition has received 65 applications. After months of rigorous assessments by the judging panel, the winners of five categories were announced at today’s Awards Presentation Ceremony.

The organizer is delighted to have the presence of Ms. Ada LEUNG, JP, Director of Intellectual Property of the HKSAR Government as the ceremony’s Guest of Honour; and the Hon MA Fung Kwok, SBS, JP, Member of Legislative Council, and Mr. Victor TSANG, Head of CreateHK as the honourable guests. They and Dr. Toby CHAN, Founding Chairman of Asian Licensing Association and Mr. Danny CHEUNG, Chairman of ALA and the Organizing Committee for the Hong Kong Licensing Awards, and other guests presented the awards and commended the award winners.

Ms. Ada KL Leung, Director of Intellectual Property, highly valued the Awards which are a valuable platform for gathering the licensing practitioners, she said, “The Awards tonight exhibit the remarkable achievements of the licensing industry and connect licensing professionals and creative talents in the Region. It serves as an excellent platform for sharing industry insights, which no doubt will enrich the growth of licensing and creative industries in Hong Kong and in the Region.

Dr. Toby CHAN, Founding Chairman of ALA, spoke on the same occasion that HKLA aims to promote the sustainable development of licensing industry in Hong Kong. “This is the third edition of HKLA. It has been receiving support and active participation from fellow practitioners. Asian Licensing Association is honoured to witness the rapid growth of the licensing industry in these three years. Our outstanding practitioners have made use of licensing schemes to build and market their creative works to the commercial world. Some of them have even successfully promoted their products to overseas market. Through HKLA, we hope to enhance the understanding of the market value of creative brands among practitioners and boost the competitiveness of Hong Kong’s licensing industry,” said Dr. CHAN.

Mr. Danny CHEUNG, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for HKLA, expressed his gratitude towards CreateHK. He said, “HKLA has been held successively for three years. This activity attributes its success to CreateHK’s continuous support and sponsorship. As the Chairman of the organizing committee of HKLA, I am glad to see more and more licensing practitioners and creative talent participating in this award scheme. Creative industry is one of the thriving economic sectors in Hong Kong, therefore we would like to encourage the local artists to make good use of Hong Kong’s advantages in this industry to expand in the local market and tap into the overseas market. Together with all the industry practitioners, we pursue the competitiveness and sustainable development of Hong Kong’s creative industries.”