Dave A Wyatt

Executive Director and
Head of Patent and Industrial Design

Dave A Wyatt is an executive director and head of patent and industrial design at Henry Goh Malaysia.

Upon graduating from The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom with an honours degree in electronic and electrical engineering, Dave initially worked in industry as a design engineer for a major consumer electronics manufacturer. He began his IP career in the patent department of General Electric Company in the United Kingdom, later working in private practice with leading patent attorney firms in London and Munich. During this period of his career, Dave qualified as a European patent attorney. He joined Henry Goh in 1996.

Dave is a registered Malaysian patent, industrial design and trademark agent. Apart from sitting and passing the local examinations himself, he has lectured and conducted workshops on patent practice and drafting for candidates seeking to qualify as Malaysian patent agents. His comprehensive in-house training on the technical, legal and procedural aspects of IP protection has led to the successful registration of twelve Malaysian patent agents at Henry Goh.

Outside of the office, Dave has given presentations on Malaysian IP law and practice to local institutions of higher learning, business councils, industry and professional associations, as well as in Henry Goh’s regular public educational seminars. He has also served as a judge at ITEX, the international invention and innovation exhibition that is held annually in Malaysia.

Throughout his career, Dave’s practice has focused on patent drafting and prosecution. However, apart from prosecution work, patent disputes and litigation have been increasing in Malaysia in recent years and Dave has come to be in demand for his opinions on patent validity and infringement. Since 2006, he has appeared before the High Court in several states of Malaysia as a patent attorney expert witness.

With over 25 years of IP experience, Dave’s advice and opinion on IP protection strategies from the business, technical and legal viewpoints is much sought after. His approach is always down-to-earth and practical, recognizing that IP rights are first and foremost business tools rather than purely legal instruments. His expertise has received professional recognition and acknowledgement by industry peers. Dave is listed in IAM Patent 1000, a guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms in the world’s key jurisdictions, and in the Who’s Who Legal – Patents directory of patent agents.

As far as professional affiliations are concerned, Dave is a member of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA), the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), the International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI) and the International Trademark Association (INTA), and an associate member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys (CITMA). True to his engineering roots, he is also a member of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a chartered engineer of the Engineering Council UK.

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.