Ki Wan Sia

Patent Agent
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Wan Sia graduated in 2002 with an honours degree in science, majoring in biochemistry from the National University of Malaysia. She started out her career in a prominent pharmaceutical company in Malaysia. Years later, she decided to switch to the IP industry and joined an established legal firm, handling trade mark matters before she found her true calling as a patent scientist in Henry Goh in 2009.

In 2011, Wan Sia completed her in-house training and sat for the professional examinations in the same year. She is now a registered patent agent and industrial design agent. Her practice areas include advising both local and foreign clients on IP protection, patent drafting, conducting searches and handling prosecution for both patent and industrial design applications.

Wan Sia is a member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and she is conversant with English and Chinese.

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.