plant variety protection

Plant Variety Protection

Henry Goh was one of the first firms to file applications for registration of new plant varieties under Malaysia’s Protection of New Plant Varieties Act 2004 (NPV Act) upon approval of its implementing regulations on 20 October 2008.

A sui generis system of protection, Malaysia’s NPV Act is in line with the Convention on Biological Diversity and is modelled on the International Convention for the Protection of New Plant Varieties.

Our firm has the relevant technical expertise needed to advise on the unique requirements for filing and prosecution of plant variety applications in Malaysia.

It is the intention for the NPV Act to ultimately offer protection to all crops, i.e. an open list system. Currently, priority is given to a list of 25 crops divided amongst local ornamental, fruit, industrial and cereal crops, as well as forest plantation species that are vital to the Malaysian agriculture sector. Acceptance of applications for varieties other than those on the priority list is at the discretion of the Plant Variety Protection Registration Office and is subject to the availability of technical expertise to assess the application.

Malaysia | Movement Control Order


Dear Valued Clients, Associates and Colleagues

The Malaysian Government has announced an extension of the countrywide Movement Control Order (MCO) that will now be effective from 18 March to 14 April, 2020 inclusive. Throughout this period, all government and private offices as well as businesses shall remain closed except essential services.

The Malaysian IP Office (MyIPO) is closed for the above stated period. The online filing system remains available for at least new applications. Manual filing at MyIPO’s office is not currently possible. Any matters and deadlines that cannot be dealt with by online filing may be validly filed manually once the MCO is lifted.

Henry Goh’s response team of key professional staff are working from home. Although the team are attending to as many matters as possible in the circumstances, there are capacity constraints. We apologize that our responses may take longer than normal. The team are focused on enquiries and urgent matters such as new applications and imminent deadlines. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

At this time all instructions and communication must be sent via email, including electronic versions of critical documents (preferably in the form of colour scans). We suggest that you refrain from sending documents by mail or courier until the MCO is lifted.

We extend our best wishes to all and hope everyone stays safe and healthy. Thank you.

Warm regards

Karen Goh
Managing Director