In response to the various restrictions and standard operating procedures that were imposed on Malaysian businesses starting in March 2020, we have been continually refining and enhancing our business processes and the supporting IT infrastructure to better adapt to the new working environment.
Our first priority is the health and safety of all our staff, clients and suppliers while we remain committed to providing best-in-class service. Here is a timeline of events in Malaysia in 2021.
01 – 14 January 2021
Following a significant spike in infections and the emergence of several new clusters, the National Security Council has announced a further extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) until 14 January 2021 in three states of Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur.
13 – 26 January 2021
In consideration of the current situation in the country, the Malaysian government has announced that it will re-impose a Movement Control Order (MCO) in much of the country, including Kuala Lumpur, for the two-week period from 13 through 26 January 2021. The MCO may be further extended if conditions necessitate. In the light of this development, effective 11 January 2021 our Malaysian team has reverted to a full work-from-home operation for the time being.
MyIPO’s Head Office in Kuala Lumpur will remain open daily Monday through Friday for manual filing but with limited operating hours of 9 am to 12 noon. As always, we shall be making maximum possible use of online filing options. We have established procedures in place for manual filing of any matters that cannot be completed online. However, due to the limited opening hours of MyIPO’s filing counters, early instructions are vitally important. Naturally, all instructions and reporting must be sent primarily through electronic communication, including advance colour scans of any necessary supporting documents.
For Malaysian trademark opposition proceedings, MyIPO has issued an official notice to the effect that all filing related to such proceedings is to be temporarily suspended for the duration of the MCO, including any future extension of the MCO.
27 January – 04 February 2021
On 21 January 2021, the Malaysian government announced that the MCO would be extended for a further period of 09 days until 04 February 2021. The operations of MyIPO and our Malaysian business remain the same as for the initial two-week term of the MCO.
[Last updated: 22 January 2021]