Malaysia - Intellectual Property Update.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Malaysia - Intellectual Property

1 May, 2019


The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs tabled the Trade Descriptions (Amendment) Bill 2019 and Trademarks Bill 2019 for their first reading on 9 April 2019.

In the explanatory statement of the Trademarks Bill 2019, the proposed Act seeks to provide for the registration of trademarks in relation to goods and services and to implement the relevant treaties and for other matters connected therewith.

The Trade Descriptions (Amendment) Bill 2019 proposed the deletion of certain sections in the Trade Descriptions Act 2011, which are consequential amendments arising from the enactment of the proposed new Trademarks Act 2019.

The introduction of these two bills aims to facilitate Malaysia’s accession to the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid Protocol is an international system that enables trademark owners to obtain trademark registrations in a wide number of countries by filing a single application. Under the Madrid System, a trademark owner can file a single application to apply for protection in up to 120 countries. 




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Ameet Kaur Purba, Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co​