Archives for November 2009
KASS International and Millennium Associates cordially invite you to a talk on “Growing Your Business: Insights on Innovation and Branding”. Join us to pick up tips on how to:
Identify innovations critical to your business. Cut costs by making use of available information worldwide;
Differentiate marks, create a strong trademark and obtain rights to the mark globally;
-Build a strong and successful brand for your company, product or service. Learn about global brands that came from small beginnings and reinvented their brands into today’s icons. Discover how brand-building has changed in today’s world where fortunes and reputations are formed in real-time.
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) is conducting a Seminar on “Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs): Issues and Challenges” at the following date, time and venue:
Date: 8 December 2009 (Thursday)
Time : 9.00 am – 1.00pm
Venue: Paris Room, Level 3, Menara MATRADE, Jalan Khidmat Usaha, Off Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur
Our principal, Mr. P. Kandiah, was recently invited to give a presentation on “Understanding and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights” for the Regional Young Women Researchers Workshop.
The presentation provided an overview of what Intellectual Property (IP) is, with a detailed account of the current IP rights available to scientists/researchers in Malaysia. Emphasis was placed on patents, since they are the IP rights most crucial to scientists. There was an in-depth discussion on commercialisation of research, and the issues surrounding the publication of research were also addressed. Publication is a particularly tricky issue for scientists, who are often eager to get their findings out into the public domain, seeing that published work provides a form of recognition and contributes to the status of the scientist. However at the same time publication can negate novelty, preventing the owner from obtaining a patent. Obtaining a patent is crucial if the researcher wants to commercialise their findings, as no investors are interested in work that is readily available to the public.
The Vietnam National Assembly has amended its Intellectual Property (IP) Law, with the amendments coming into force on 1 January 2010.
The amendment is part of Vietnam’s attempt to resolve the discrepancies between their current law and international IP law, and is also aimed to resolve some of the inconsistencies found within their current law.
Notable amendments include the Vietnam National Assembly’s addressing the important issue of IP rights enforcement. The assembly has elected to remove the requirement for “cease and desist” letters prior to requesting an administrative action.
Due to good response and support for our free consultations held previously, KASS will be extending these free Thursday IP consultations until the end of the year. Book your appointments now to avoid disappointment!