Guan Huat Khoo

Guan Huat Khoo

Key Details

Guan Huat Khoo

  • Life Sciences
  • Patents
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Tobacco
  • Trademark


Guan Huat Khoo joined Skrine in 1993 and chairs the intellectual property dispute resolution practice group. He has represented clients in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, tobacco, medical supplies, telecommunications and semiconductor industries. He often advises his clients on patent and copyright disputes, designs, trademarks, trade descriptions, trade disputes, trade secrets and confidential information. Khoo is a member of INTA, AIPPI, FICPI and AIPLA. He has appeared as an expert witness on Malaysian law in various proceedings in the US and Singapore.

Professional Highlights

Intellectual Property

  • Represented a major multinational pharmaceutical company and obtained a declaratory judgment to invalidate a pharmaceutical patent against another multinational pharmaceutical company;
  • Represented an international telecommunications company with Standard Essential Patents dealing with FRAND issues;
  • Represented a motorcycle production company and obtained an order dismissing a copyright infringement suit against the company;
  •   Represented a major cargo scanning device manufacturer against defendants in an action for patent infringement and obtained an infringement judgment and injunction against the defendants;
  • Represented a multinational food and beverage company in defending an action for infringement of a registered Industrial Design, and obtained an appellate court decision reversing a finding of infringement, together with a decision invalidating the registered Industrial Design;
  • Represented a global international applications software provider against a defendant for copyright infringement, and obtained substantial damages after trial;
  • Represented a global pharmaceutical innovator company against a generics producer of a pharmaceutical product in claim involving infringement of a process patent;
  • Represented a global medical devices manufacturer against a Japanese company in a patent infringement claim;
  • Represented a China based home appliance manufacturer accused of patent infringement, and obtained an Appellate Court decision reversing a lower Court’s finding of infringement;
  • Represented a trademark owner whose registration was challenged in the Federal Court and obtained an order dismissing the challenge in a matter involving issues regarding whether a non-invented word having no direct reference to the character and quality of the goods was registerable as a trademark. Also obtained substantial damages for the trademark owner upon a finding of infringement;
  • Represented a major multinational defence equipment manufacturer and obtained an order dismissing a challenge against its trademark registration mounted by a competitor;
  • Represented a number of UK registered Design holders in a class action and obtained a declaration in respect of the extension of the validity of their registered designs for a 25-year period;
  • Represented a major telecommunications company and obtained judgment for substantial damages against a corporate entity for copyright infringement and against its directors for being liable for joint infringement.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya (2015-2017)
  • Member, Market Participants Committee, Bursa Malaysia
  • Listed on the panel of arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration
  • Panelist, Domain Name Dispute Resolution of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya in the Certificate in Legal Practice course, 1990 to 2004
  • Adjunct Lecturer, the Law of International Trade in the LLM program in the University of Malaya in 1990