Business brief 2014: Malaysia


Jyeshta Mahendran

Significant steps have been taken by the Malaysian government to improve IP protection and enforcement in the country as Malaysia takes a more holistic and innovative approach to charting the development and growth of the IP system.


How do you register or secure patent rights, and is national or international coverage most appropriate?

Patent rights in Malaysia can be secured nationally by filing a patent with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). Since May 16, 2006, individual patent owners and companies have been able to take advantage of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filing system to file and prosecute patent applications and protect their inventions internationally. The PCT national route is the preferred one for foreign applicants as they can make an early assessment of the prospects of registering their patents, having had the benefit of an international search report and written opinion.

patents; trademark; copyright