St. John Ambulance has been providing humanitarian and charitable services in Malaysia since 1908. These everyday heroes render emergency assistance and aid to the sick and wounded, provide first aid standby and training, a hemodialysis service, and countless other community services. But who is looking after St. John?
The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) is planning to revise its patent and trademark fees this year, and this revision will most likely take effect in the second quarter of 2015.
The proposal sees a general fee increase across the board, ranging between 5% – 50% with most changes at the higher end of the range.
So if you have any intellectual property that you intend to seek protection for, whether in terms of patents, utility innovations or trademarks, it would be wise to do so without delay! Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice or assistance.
By Carola Monintja
In this 21st century, globalization is part of our life. Our daily needs are no longer solely food, clothes, and shelter, but also information. Why do I say that? Well, when was the last time you read the newspapers, watched TV, listened to the radio or surfed the internet? All these forms of media are obvious sources of information.
With the advent of the internet and superfast download speeds, information can be acquired easily, and this in turn brought upon the rapid growth of media development in Indonesia. Now you can find roughly 54 TV stations (including local and cable), many internet service providers (including telecommunications companies who provide internet services via mobile phones), various forms of printed media (newspapers, magazine, tabloids, etc.)… it’s no wonder that building a media business sounds so promising.
The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) and Japan Patent Office (JPO) recently initiated the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program on 1st October 2014, for a three-year trial period. The PPH is a program which expedites the examination process of corresponding patent applications filed in the countries involved. The PPH allows a corresponding patent application – where the claims have been determined as patentable by a First Patent Office – to be used as a basis for expediting the patent application at a Second Patent Office.
Copyright is an Intellectual Property (IP) right with protection that is considerably extensive, covering works in the realm of science (think software), arts, and literature.
As Indonesia heads towards becoming a creative economy, and experiences a rapid growth in Information and Communications Technology with the rise of the digital age, the Indonesian Government saw the need to update the Copyright Law in line with the times, to provide adequate protection and enforcement for existing and new types of copyrightable works. Thus, the latest draft of the Bill of Copyright was recently passed by the House of Representatives on 16 September 2014, to replace Law no. 19 of 2002 re. Copyright.
By Carla Monintja
Human history shows that teachings are more easily absorbed if done through stories.
It is no wonder then that our ancestors created the wayang as their teaching media. In ancient times wayang was widely used for teaching the good and bad values in life. Good was usually represented by the characters of Rama and Gatotkaca, while bad was represented by the characters of Rahwana and Kurawa.
Wayang means “puppet” in Bahasa Indonesia. Puppets in Indonesia have traditionally been made of leather and modeled after characters in the Ramayana and Mahabarata stories.
By P. Kandiah and Joel Cheong
It is now the month of Ramadhan, and what follows the end of this holy fasting month is the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr. In shopping malls around the country, festive decorations and music help set the mood while retail outlets proudly display their wares to those who pass by. The retail outlets employ transparent roller shutters that allow the merchandise to be displayed even when the outlet is closed. These transparent roller shutters were the subject matter of a patent infringement suit between two manufacturers and retailers of roller shutters recently.
SKB Shutters Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (“SKB”), the owner of Malaysian Patent No. MY-128431-A (“SKB patent”) initiated patent infringement proceedings against its competitor, Seng Kong Shutter Industries Sdn Bhd (“Seng Kong”).
By Megha Anand
While the liberal west has gotten more stringent with inventions in the ICT domain, the good news is that the east is embracing ICT inventions with open arms. The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) recently amended its Patent Examination Guidelines for Computer Software Inventions, thereby expanding the scope of protection for software inventions.
To most people the term “F1” is synonymous with the highest level of motor sport where the races are fuelled as much by drama as they are by gasoline. With year round races taking place in 19 countries, spreading across 6 continents and watched by hundreds of millions of TV audiences worldwide, the fame of F1 seems to be beyond dispute. Therefore it comes as a bit of a surprise when Formula One Licensing B.V. (the trademark manager for the race organiser Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) lost a trademark opposition action against the application of Idea Marketing SA (the appointed global promoter for the F1 Powerboat World Championship) to register the trademark “F1H2O” in Singapore. More shockingly, the Registrar who chaired the opposition hearing took the view that the F1 mark was not well known in Singapore. However, on closer inspection, the Registrar’s unexpected finding turned out to be less sensational and rather more rational.
Formula One Licensing B.V. (the Opponent) based the opposition on 3 grounds, namely, the application of Idea Marketing’s (the Applicant) mark encroaches on the Opponent’s earlier trademarks (and their alleged well-known mark), the use and application of the Applicant’s mark constitutes passing off, and the Applicant had applied to register its mark in bad faith.
By Carla Monintja
The quote “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel” really inspires me, as it gives me hope that every difficulty I encounter can surely be resolved, as long as I make the effort to overcome it.
This quote was also apt in the situation that KAO Corporation (“KAO”) got itself into in Indonesia. KAO was dealing with several legal actions to defend one of its foremost marks, BIORE. It speaks volumes of a mark when one can just mention it and images of associated products are immediately brought to mind. Such was the power of BIORE, which conjures images of its cleansing preparations (soap, body wash, face wash, makeup remover, etc.). Naturally, KAO fought hard to defend BIORE and eventually win these legal battles.