litigation support

Litigation Support

Our dedicated team of in-house counsel is equipped to provide comprehensive preliminary and pre-litigation consultancy to clients when they face legal IP issues. Wherever possible, we believe in seeking to amicably resolve any dispute through negotiation with the adverse party. Such resolution benefits the clients as it avoids the expense, delay and uncertainty of a court action.

However if legal action is unavoidable, we collaborate with our expert external counsel (specialist IP litigators) in addressing contentious issues. We take an active role in the entire litigation process by coordinating matters between our external counsel and clients to maximise a favourable outcome for the latter.

Our collaboration with our external counsel extends to the application of Trade Description Orders (TDO) and working closely with the authorities in the enforcement of IP rights. This includes raid and seizure conducted at business premises that have been identified to be infringing the clients’ IP rights.

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.