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GD, HK boost IP co-operation

Guangdong and Hong Kong today endorsed the co-operation projects on intellectual property (IP) rights protection from mid-2022 to the end of 2023.   The Guangdong/Hong Kong Expert Group on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights agreed to continue to strengthen the mutual collaboration and development of IP between Guangdong and Hong Kong.   The group’s co-operation projects cover areas such as reinforcing co-operation on IP in the Greater Bay Area, and promoting co-operation on IP protection, trading and services, exchange as well as promotion and education activities in both places.   On cross-boundary IP protection, customs authorities in both places will focus on copyright protection on the Internet, and both sides will strengthen co-operation in and exchanges of copyright enforcement.   In 2020, the expert group formulated an annual co-operation plan and extended its implementation in light of the pandemic situation. Over the past two years, group members have imple

Taxi fares to be raised

The Transport Department announced today that the new fares for urban, New Territories and Lantau taxis will take effect from July 17.   The new flagfall charges for urban, New Territories and Lantau taxis for the first two kilometres will be $27, $23.5 and $22.   Afterwards, incremental charges below $93.5, $74.5 and $175 will be $1.9, $1.7 and $1.7.   Incremental charges above $93.5, $74.5 and $175 will be $1.3, $1.3 and $1.5.   Concerning additional charges, the fare for every piece of baggage carried, except light personal hand baggage carried inside the passenger compartment, will remain at $6.   Additionally, the fares for every animal or bird carried and every hiring arranged through telephone booking will still be $5.   From this Sunday, taxi drivers must display the fare conversion tables issued by the department in the vehicle if the taximeters are yet to be adjusted to display the new fares.   While passengers are required to pay the new fares according to the conversion tables, taxi drivers must state the new fares when they issue receipts to passengers.
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