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MyIPO What about trademarks?


MyIPO is currently amending the Trade Marks Act 1976, with a view to Malaysia becoming a member of the Madrid System. In the proposed review, we are also considering enhancing the scope of trademark protection to include non- traditional trademarks, revamping the office’s examination procedure, introducing an official IP journal, and expanding on the civil remedies, licensing and trademark securitisation provisions.


What are the benefits of signing up to the Madrid Protocol and what is MyIPO doing to prepare?


With the recent proposed amendment to the Trade Marks Act 1976, which includes provisions on international trademark registrations, we hope to have it tabled in parliament and accede to the Madrid Protocol by 2013. It is hoped that by joining the Madrid Protocol, Malaysian home-grown brands will be able easily to access global markets. In addition to that, the Madrid System introduces a cost-effective registration system for trademark owners that want to file applications in multiple countries.


“WITH THE RECENT PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE TRADE MARKS ACT 1976, WHICH INCLUDES PROVISIONS ON INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK REGISTRATIONS, WE HOPE TO ACCEDE TO THE MADRID PROTOCOL BY 2013.”


In order for Malaysia to be a party to this system, MyIPO has enhanced and upgraded its infrastructure, particularly its information technology system. The office has also increased its capacity by collaborating with WIPO and other national IP offices.


How involved is MyIPO in Malaysian anti-counterfeiting efforts? To what extent would MyIPO like to increase its involvement?


MyIPO plays an active role in combating counterfeiting by assisting enforcement agencies in Malaysia, namely the Enforcement Division of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, the Royal Customs, police, local authorities as well as IP rights owners. MyIPO is also a member of the special task force for anti-counterfeiting and the anti-piracy committee at the ministry level, which meet regularly to discuss and formulate policies on the best ways to combat counterfeiting in the country.


We would also like to cooperate more with other foreign enforcement agencies as Malaysia is a signatory to Free Trade Agreements and other bilateral agreements. n


World Intellectual Property Review January/February 2012


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