Malaysia has enacted Biosafety Act 2007 to regulate the release, import, export and contained use of ‘living modified organisms (LMOs)’ and the release of products of such organisms.
The act has not come into force yet, as the enabling Regulations were not ready. Now the Biosafety Regulations 2009 draft is ready and is being discussed with various stakeholders before being gazetted by the Minister.
It is expected that the Act and the Regulations will come into force before the end of 2009.
On 27th April 2009, Justice Datuk Gopal Sri Ram delivered a favourable judgement to the owner of McCurry Restaurant at the Court of Appeal. The use of the trademark “McCurry” in relation to Indian and Malaysian food was not found to be an act of passing off of McDonald’s Corporation’s food and beverage business.
Apart from its famous restaurant name “McDonald’s” and “McD’s”, the ”Mc” prefix is used by McDonald’s Corporation on its food products and its marketing material such as McChicken, McMuffin, McRendang, Mc Value Meals, McNuggets, McCrispy, McEgg, McMonday, McTwist, McWings, McSausage, McSpaceship, McTeddyBears and McCafé.
If you missed our last IP Clinic, fret not, as KASS is now offering Free IP Consultation for the entire month of June! That’s right – starting from 4th June 2009, we will be available to you for a free consultation session at our head office every Thursday, anytime between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.
So if you need answers to questions like these:
- “How do I identify what intellectual assets my business possesses?”
- “Are trademark searches worthwhile?”
- “Why do I need to protect my innovations and inventions?”
- “How can I find new technological solutions for my business without having to spend so much on R&D?”
It has reached that time of the year, when inventors, innovators, idea purveyors and creative entrepreneurs get together under one roof to celebrate creations of the mind. Yes, the Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition 2009 (ITEX 2009) is finally here.
Be sure to catch us on BFM’s “Toolkit” every Monday, 1pm – 2pm from 11th May to 8thJune, 2009. Whether you think Intellectual Property has nothing or everything to do with you, you’ll want to tune in.
You’ll learn to recognize the various valuable intellectual assets that you or your businesses possess and what you can do to protect them, as well as add another useful tool to your business artillery.
Part1-Maintaining exclusivity (and therefore competitive advantage) in your business with Patents:http://www.bfm.my/Keeping-Your-Products-Exclusive-With-a-Patent-P.Kandiah-of-Kass-International-Toolkit.html
Part2-Dispel the misconceptions of Industrial Designs. Sometimes, looks do matter:http://www.bfm.my/Industrial-Design-P-Kandiah-KASS-International.html
Part3-Uncover the truth behind Trade Secrets and what you can do to protect them:http://www.bfm.my/The-Truth-Behind-Trade-Secrets-P-Kandiah-KASS-International.html
Part4-What you need to know about Copyrights:http://www.bfm.my/Know-Your-Copyright-P-Kandiah-KASS-International.html
Part5-Marking your territory with Trademarks:http://www.bfm.my/Trade-Marks-Uncovered-P-Kandiah-and-Geetha-K-KASS-International.html