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:
Patent Executive, Mr. Liew Chee Keat and Trademark Executive, Ms. K. Geetha have returned to office after undergoing a month of training in their related area of Intellectual Property under experienced European Patent and Trademark Attorneys in a leading IP firm in Paris, France.
The Malaysian Government has set up specialized courts to handle Intellectual Property suits.
There are 15 Sessions Court, at least one Sessions Court in each state and 6 High Courts recognised as “special designated courts” to handle Intellectual Property disputes. The High Court will be in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak.
The Sessions Court will hear criminal offence under the Trade Descriptions Act 1972 and Copyright Act 1987 and Optical Disc Act 2000. In Malaysia, infringement of patents and industrial designs are not criminal offences but only civil offences.
Foreign applicants should take note. For all PCT applications filed after 16 August 2006, Malaysia can be designated in any PCT application.
Malaysian applicants can from the same date, file PCT applications in Malaysia. This is a more cost-saving and strategic way of securing patent rights in foreign countries if applicants are interested in more than 3/4 countries.
The asia domain extension has been introduced and trademark owners with their marks registered anywhere in the world should highlight September 2007 in their diaries as the registration period for them opens then. There are three phases for these type of applicants:
SECURING TECHNOLOGY/ KNOW-HOW WITHOUT PAYMENT
Industries and entrepreneurs often look for technology to solve technical problems or to start a new business. It is said technology comes with a price and nothing is free.This statement though true in some circumstances, is not applicable in all circumstances. This article will discuss the manner of obtaining valuable technology without the payment of any technology fees, licensing or royalty fees.
Malaysia is one of the few countries that has a ‘utility model’ system under its patent rights system. The Patent Act 1983 grants two types of right for invention – first is a patent right per se and the second is what is referred to as ‘Certificate for Utility Innovation’ (hereinafter referred to as “CUI”). Many owners of novel industrial products are not fully clear of what is the best way to protect the intellectual property rights for their products. This article will attempt to explain the unique features of the Malaysian CUI, to show the differences between a CUI and Industrial Design Rights and to give some practical advice on the best way to protect novel industrial products in Malaysia.
Like in other countries, patents for industrial products are granted when the claimed feature(s) of the product are (i) novel; (ii) involves an inventive step (that is it is not obvious to a person skilled in the art); and (iii) it is industrially applicable. To qualify for a patent,Malaysia demands absolute novelty – in that, the invention should not have been published anywhere in the world by way of oral disclosure, written documents or by way of use.