Tham Sau Yin

Executive Director and
General Manager

Tham Sau Yin, General Manager, is one of the firm’s longest serving members. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from New Zealand’s Canterbury University. Her responsibilities include general administration, training staff, overseeing day-to-day operations, supervising filing and prosecution work as well as meeting and advising clients, both local and foreign. She is Henry Goh’s most senior registered trade mark agent and represents clients before the Registry in non-contentious hearings.

Sau Yin is a member of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) and the International Trade Mark Association (INTA). Her years as a trade mark agent and her participation at various local and international events have exposed her to the intricacies of trade mark law and practice and the knowledge and experience thus gained have stood her in good stead in dealing both with clients and the trade mark authorities.

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.