The Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, Datuk S Veerasingam, indicated, in early February 2006, that a court to hear all cases related to IP matters is likely to be established this year. These positive indications have been very well received by the international and domestic IP community. It is in line with the government's efforts to wipe out the infringing activities of pirates and counterfeiters, and in accordance with its membership of the WTO.

The Malaysian legal system is based upon English common law and as such its Intellectual property system is very mature and made up of the following:

  • Trade marks: as governed by Trade Marks Act 1976 and the Regulations made thereunder.
  • Patents: as governed by Patents (Amendment) Act 1995 and the Regulations made thereunder.
  • Industrial designs: as governed by the United Kingdom Designs (Protection) Act

The Intellectual Property division of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has been corporatised. It is now known as the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia or Perbadanan Harta Intelek Malaysia. Previously, they were referred to as "PHIM" or "MIPC" but have recently changed their logo to "MyIPO". The Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation is responsible for the development and management of the Intellectual Property infrastructure in Malaysia.


MyIPO - Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia

http://www.mipc.gov.my

The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (or Perbadanan Harta Intelek Malaysia) is responsible for the development and management of the Intellectual Property infrastructure in Malaysia. It was previosuly a division of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs and referred to as as "PHIM" or "MIPC". It is now corporatized and has changed its logo to "MyIPO".
 
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