From humble origins as a one-man business in 1977, Henry Goh has matured into one of the leading specialist IP agencies in the ASEAN region. With headquarters in Malaysia’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital Kuala Lumpur and a sister office in Singapore, today Henry Goh employs more than 75 people. Beyond our three core operating jurisdictions of Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore, we work in close collaboration with an extensive network of carefully-vetted foreign associates worldwide.
Henry Goh provides IP services to a wide spectrum of clients from individuals and small businesses through to multinationals and Fortune 500 companies alike. Our teams of professionals handle all aspects of intellectual property protection and management, including pre-filing search and freedom-to-operate opinions, filing, prosecution, recordals, renewals and infringement and validity assessments. We also offer advisory services relating to exploitation and enforcement, working closely with external counsel when litigation is contemplated or becomes necessary.
Another key aspect of our mission is to promote IP education and awareness in the business and academic communities. Henry Goh regularly conducts public seminars and workshops, provides speakers for local and international events, and publishes informative guides and newsletters.
Despite the firm’s impressive growth, we have held true to our roots as a family business with a strong emphasis on professional ethics, high quality work, personalized service and being a responsible corporate citizen.
Back in 1977, the concept of intellectual property rights was still a novelty in developing countries such as Malaysia. Nonetheless, a young legal executive named Mr Henry Goh had the vision that intellectual property would turn out to be the economic currency of future business. Armed with nothing more than a few forms and a typewriter, he established the firm that is known today as Henry Goh.
Mr Henry Goh spared no efforts in promoting the concept of intellectual property as being a client’s most valuable possession. The firm experienced strong growth and success throughout the 1980s and within ten years of its founding, it went from being a one-man start-up to a 30-member firm. Over the next ten years, Henry Goh would go on to become one of the largest intellectual property agencies in Malaysia. By the end of the 1990s, the firm had opened a sister office in Singapore and was further representing clients in neighbouring Brunei Darussalam. Meanwhile, the continued expansion of our presence in Malaysia saw us move our headquarters every decade.
From being an early pioneer who may be credited with raising the visibility of Malaysia on the intellectual property world map, Mr Henry Goh became a prominent figure in the industry. An avid reader and a keen businessman, Mr Goh regularly imparted his wealth of knowledge by conducting seminars and presentations at academic and research organizations, chambers of commerce and business conferences. He guided the firm and its team of dedicated professionals to become consistently rated as the top IP firm in Malaysia for patent and trade mark prosecution.
As an individual, Mr. Goh believed that one reaps what one sows. He was a strict though kind boss who insisted upon the highest standards of professionalism from those who worked with him. Regarded as a father figure, he was well loved and highly respected. He placed tremendous importance on charitable work and helping out the less fortunate and consistently fulfilled the firm’s corporate social responsibilities through various activities that benefitted society. The legacy of his kindness and generosity continues today.
"Our success is a testament to the hard work, sacrifice and perseverance of this firm's greatest assets: its people. Without their untiring efforts, we would not be the firm we are today."
– Henry H. P. Goh (1942 - 2008)
The hard work, diligence and expertise of the people of Henry Goh continue to be recognized by our clients and industry peers around the world through the latest awards and recognition conferred on the firm and its leading professionals.
Managing Intellectual Property [MIP]
Henry Goh has been ranked as a Tier 1 Firm for both our trade mark and patent prosecution work in Malaysia in MIP’s World IP Survey. This double-accolade for both departments was conferred since 2009 and we have successfully maintained such a stellar position year after year, evidencing a remarkable consistency in the high standards of work to which we subscribe.
MIP’s annual worldwide survey of IP firms is conducted by a team of researchers based in London, New York and Hong Kong who seek feedback and opinions from firms and clients in 80 jurisdictions. The tiers reflect the perception of the leading firms in each market, with the top tier covering those firms having the strongest practices.
Over the years, several professionals of our firm have been recognized as IP Stars in Malaysia by Managing Intellectual Property. The latest research has identified Mr Dave A Wyatt and Ms Oon Yen Yen individually as expert of experts in Malaysian IP Law. The MIP Handbook is the indispensible reference guide and directory for global in-house counsel and international firms since 1993.
World Trademark Review [WTR]
Since the introduction of separate rankings for law firms and agencies in 2013, Henry Goh has consistently been the sole IP agency to achieve Gold Band status in Malaysia in the WTR 1000 guide to the world’s leading trademark professionals. Furthermore, our Ms Azlina Aisyah Khalid has been listed annually in this guide as one of Malaysia’s Recommended Individuals. Ms Tham Sau Yin and Mr Lim Eng Leong joined the ranks in 2017 and have been recommended annually since.
WTR 1000 is a comprehensive guide to the trade mark legal services market. The leading firms are identified based on factors such as depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed. All of the individuals identified in this publication are included because they received substantial positive feedback during WTR’s exhaustive qualification research process.
Intellectual Asset Magazine [IAM]
Henry Goh is listed as a Highly Recommended Firm and our Mr Dave A Wyatt, Ms Oon Yen Yen, Mr Jason Cheah, Mr Alvin Boey and Ms Yan Pei Chun are all identified as Recommended Individuals for Malaysia in the IAM Patent 1000 guide to the world’s leading patent practitioners.
IAM Patent 1000 is the world’s most extensive guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions. It is dedicated to listing, and writing about, best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis. As a result, it is an invaluable source of information for those looking to identify market-leading patent expertise at both the individual and firm level.
The Global IP Awards
Henry Goh has been selected as the recipient of Malaysia IP Agency of the Year 2019 at the inaugural Global IP Awards, among an honoured pool of nominees from more than 50 countries.
The Global IP Awards were developed by the IP Media Group, which publishes IAM and World Trademark Review (WTR), the world’s leading intellectual property intelligence, analysis and data platforms. The Awards recognise outstanding achievement in IP litigation, prosecution and transactional work. In reaching its decision, the editorial team identified the IP agencies and law firms in those guides that achieved remarkable success and considered what the market was telling them throughout the year before.
At the Global IP Awards 2023, Henry Goh was bestowed with the prestigious Malaysia Trademark Agency of the Year award. The winners are selected on the basis of a wide range of criteria relating to excellence, achievement, and market reputation, and serve as a testament to the outstanding work being undertaken by IP firms across the globe.
Based on extensive editorial research, and feedback from corporate counsel worldwide, Asia IP has identified the very best lawyers from across Asia and the Pacific. Henry Goh, the firm, has often been ranked in Tier 1 for both Patent Prosecution and Trademark Prosecution in Malaysia. At the same time, its key practitioners Mr Dave A Wyatt, Ms Tham Sau Yin and Ms Oon Yen Yen have also been recognized as Asia IP Experts Malaysia for a few years, including 2023.
As the leading specialist IP agency in Malaysia, there are numerous reasons for engaging us:
- pioneer in intellectual property registration and management
- proven track record
- internationally recognized expertise
- collectively, our professionals have over 200 years of experience
- personal and attentive service
- high quality and value-added services
- technically-qualified patent professionals
- market-savvy trade mark professionals
- expert in-house counsel adding legal know-how
- good rapport with the relevant government offices
- customized case management software
The most prestigious IP agency in Malaysia, Henry Goh & Co is distinguished by the top-notch quality of work, as well as by “lightning responsiveness and superb cost-effectiveness”. As a result of highly targeted, annual business development trips to East Asian countries since 2017, Henry & Goh has substantially bolstered its clientele and network of Chinese and Japanese associates. Senior legal counsel Azlina Aisyah Khalid heads the prosecution practice with poise. A dab hand at pre-litigation advice, she is highly respected for her ability to straddle large caseloads of trademark opposition work. Trademark manager and business development strategist Eng Leong Lim is a smooth negotiator who often reaches win-win solutions on enforcement and infringement issues. General manager Sau Yin Tham is the senior trademark attorney in the team; her experience ensures the faultless operation of the prosecution practice.WTR 1000 2020
The most prominent IP agency in Malaysia, Henry Goh is a popular referral destination for Bruneian, Malaysian and Singaporean instructions. Recent business development trips to China, Japan and South Korea have proven immensely successful and have enhanced the firm’s already impressive ties with counterparts throughout Asia. Cognisant of the long-term goals of its patrons, the 42-year-old outfit does a wonderful job devising and executing brand protection strategies. At the helm of the prosecution practice is senior legal counsel Azlina Aisyah Khalid. As general manager, Sau Yin Tham ensures that the ensemble is operating efficiently; she is also the team’s most experienced trademark agent and knows the processes of the Malaysian registry like the back of her hand. Another name to note is trademark manager and business development strategist Eng Leong Lim. He manages filings and oppositions with poise and partners well with solicitor firms on enforcement matters.WTR 1000 2019
Regarded by many as the preeminent IP agency in Malaysia, Henry Goh cultivates deep and longstanding relationships with brand owners and, as a result, provides insight and solutions that go right to the heart of their business. The organisation recently marked its 40th anniversary; having focused on quality since its establishment, it certainly deserved to celebrate this milestone.WTR 1000 2018
Few would dispute Henry Goh’s dominant position among Malaysian IP agencies; recently it has been on the receiving end of increased interest in its infringement analyses and expert opinions. Armed with a degree in microbiology and an LLM, Yen Yen Oon is a highly sought-after patent manager among biotech and chemistry clients. With in-house and private practice experience in the United Kingdom and Germany, Dave A Wyatt is perennially attuned to the needs of international corporates and global patent trends; his chosen field is electronic and electrical engineering. In mechanical engineering, Alvin Boey has an especial focus on agricultural machinery and plant electromechanical devices, water and wastewater treatment and medical devices. Design manager and senior patent agent Jason Cheah is the right choice for mechanical and internet-related inventions.IAM 1000 2020
With 11 registered patent agents of all technical hues under its roof, Henry Goh boasts one of the deepest reservoirs of IP-related expertise in the country. Multinationals from the Far East, Europe and the United States are among those who take full advantage of the firm’s broad offering – 2018 saw its highest ever market share in the country. Henry Goh is also a popular choice with local law firms in need of expert patent opinions. Yen Yen Oon and Dave Wyatt are two of the set’s most prominent attorneys. Armed with degrees in law and microbiology, Oon steers the patent department’s operations with a sure hand. Wyatt channels experience gained in-house at General Electric Company and at leading London and Munich patent agencies into the crystalline expert opinions for which he is well respected throughout Malaysia.IAM 1000 2019
Boasting “an impeccable reputation and highly qualified personnel, Henry Goh & Co is a trustworthy partner to rights holders”. Defined by its resolute focus on consumer service, profound technical nous and ambition to secure the most comprehensive protection possible, the globally attuned practice ably prosecutes patents nationally and before the world’s major patent offices. Marking four decades in business in 2017, the firm celebrated by expanding its international business development efforts and recruiting a new patent attorney specialising in electrical engineering and electronics matters.IAM 1000 2018