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done on corresponding applications will serve as a useful reference for producing quality reports.


How popular has the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) been since MyIPO signed up to it?


Te reception of the PCT among patent owners has been good. Tis is reflected in the number of local applications submitted to MyIPO using the PCT system, which has significantly increased (from 224 in 2009 to 334 in 2010).


As far as the PCT is concerned, Brunei, Laos and Myanmar are the only countries from ASEAN that have not signed the treaty. As a country champion for patent administration, Malaysia can carry out analyses to determine training needs and then conduct training to help these countries’ IP offices better understand the PCT, with the assistance of WIPO.


What about closer to home? How are MyIPO and the Malaysian government helping Malaysian companies and inventors to become more innovative?


MyIPO carries out several initiatives on behalf of the Malaysian government to help companies


“THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT IS ALSO ENCOURAGING INVENTORS FROM UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES TO PRODUCE MORE INNOVATIONS, BY PROVIDING INCENTIVES WHEN PATENTS APPLICATIONS ARE FILED AND GRANTED.”


and inventors become more innovative. To increase awareness of IP, MyIPO organises events to highlight the importance of IP protection as a means of wealth creation. Te government is also encouraging inventors from universities and research institutes to produce more innovations, by providing incentives when patents applications are filed and granted. SMEs are also given tax incentives to encourage them to file IP applications.


What is the quality of MyIPO’s patents, and what are you doing to improve this? What about patent pendency times?


Te quality of MyIPO’s patents has been shown to be equal to those from developed IP offices. However, to improve on this quality, MyIPO patent examiners receive continuous training. Better search tools, such as EPOQUENET and the Global Patent Index (GPI), are also being used.


Te Patents Regulations have also been amended to enhance patent granting procedures and to reduce pendency times. Te average total pendency for normal applications is now 26 months from the filing date and 20 months for expedited examination.


40 World Intellectual Property Review January/February 2012


www.worldipreview.com


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