Malaysia’s long awaited New Plant Varieties Act 2004 (NPVA) is scheduled to come into force on 1st July 2008 after the enabling Regulations are approved by the Attorney General’s Chambers. The Act is modeled after the 1978 Act of International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) Convention, provisions of Convention on BioDiversity and Intellectual Property Rights systems of other countries. The government is now considering amending the Act to be UPOV compliant.
16 August 2006 is a significant date for the Malaysian and International business community as this was the date in which Malaysia’s accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) became in force.
The PCT system is a system which renders patent filing in numerous countries more effective and economical. It has to be stressed that the PCT system is not a system which grants international patents or world patents. There is no such universal protection system which gives patent protection in every country in the world merely by one single filing. Instead, the final responsibility of granting patents remains exclusively with the Patent Office in each respective member country.
KASS is jointly organising a seminar on Intellectual Property Rights together with the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrations (MAICSA) on March 24, 2007.
The seminar is intended to give an overview on Intellectual Property Rights and related issues. Participants will walk away with essential knowledge of Intellectual Property Rights and the competitive advantage these rights add to businesses.
The programme details and Registration Form can be accessed through the link provided below.
Those interested in attending the seminar should complete the Registration Form and fax the Form to us at 03-22841125. For further information on the seminar, please feel free to contact us at 03-22847872.
The International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (known as the “Nice Classification), was, via the Nice Agreement, the result of the Nice Diplomatic Conference, which was held in Nice, France, on 15 June 1957. This Agreement was later revised in 1967 and 1977.
The Nice Agreement creates a Special Union (within the Paris Union) for the countries party to this Agreement, and establishes a classification of goods and services for the registration of marks. This system of classification simplifies the searching of trademarks used or intended to be used on similar or related goods and/or services.
Our Government has allocated a total fund of RM 200 million aside for companies who are taking their brand global. Called the “Brand Promotion Grant”(“the Grant”), the Government launched the Grant in 2003 under the Government’s new stimulus package to boost the economy.
According to Mr. Zakaria Kamarudin, the Senior Director of the Exporters Development Division of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) who gave a talk on the Grant on October 29, 2007 at Hotel Nikko, the objectives of the Grant are to develop and promote strong Malaysian international brand names, to enhance image of the country as a manufacturer and supplier of high quality products and services and to encourage companies to shift from being an original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to original brand manufacturers (OBM).
On the invitation of the Asian Institute of Medicine, Service and Technology in Kedah,Malaysia, Mr. Kandiah gave a presentation entitled “The Importance of Protecting R&D Results” on 14th September 2007. The talk was attended by Senior Managers, researchers and staffs from the various faculties of the University.
As a well-established Intellectual Property consultancy, KASS has worked with many universities in various fields and have come across many interesting and useful inventions for which they have successfully obtained patents.
A leading biotechnology company recently engaged KASS International Sdn Bhd to design, develop and conduct an advanced training workshop on Intellectual Property Rights for their entire staff. The workshop was conducted by senior staff of the firm from 17th to 19thSeptember 2007. The workshop covered all aspects of IP rights including aspects of licensing rights.
Our patent executive, Ms Chloe Tai will undergo a Masters in Intellectual Property course at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre, Germany beginning October 2007. Ms Chloe Tai handles patent drafting and prosecution in the field of chemistry.
Ms Sushil Kaur, our patent executive who handles patents in the biotechnology field, will leave for Tokyo, Japan to attend the AOTS-JPO Intellectual Property Rights Training Course for Advance IP Practitioners from 8 to 26 October 2007.
Participation for the AKAR UMBI CATEGORY (GRASS ROOT CATEGORY) of the NATIONAL INNOVATION AWARD 2007 is open to citizens of Malaysia who are able to invent and possess the creativity to innovate products or basic appliances to solve technical problems in our daily lives.
The conditions to satisfy are as follows: