copyright

Copyright

In the realm of copyright, our services encompasses the filing of copyright notifications, advisory and enforcement work.

Malaysia, like many other Berne Convention countries, does not require formal registration of copyright. Nonetheless for more tangible protection, we advise clients to take advantage of the voluntary notification system made available in Malaysia since June 2012. They can assert ownership and deposit their copyrighted works with MyIPO, in exchange for a certificate issued as confirmation. Such prima facie evidence of a copyright claim strengthens the owner’s position in the event of a dispute.

Our team is experienced in handling copyright issues in all major fields of creative endeavour.

Malaysia joins the Madrid Protocol

 

The wait is finally over! On 27 September 2019, Malaysia deposited with WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol, becoming the 106th member of the Madrid System.

The Protocol will take effect for the country on 27 December 2019. From that date, local brand owners in Malaysia can begin making use of the international registration system to protect their trademarks in over 120 territories of the System’s other 105 (currently) members by filing a single international application and paying a single set of fees.

Likewise, foreign trademark owners can take advantage of the System’s simple designation process to seek protection here.

Malaysia has made declarations to extend the refusal period to 18 months, to receive individual fees, to require a declaration of intention to use the mark and to mandate that the recording of licenses in the International Register shall have no effect in Malaysia unless recorded here.

Stay tuned for more updates from us as we close the year 2019.