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07-31-2012 (Newsletter Issue 12/12)
10th Edition of Nice Classification
The Malaysian Trademark Office has adopted the 10th Edition of Nice Classification as of January 1, 2012. Applications filed after December 31, 2011 are classified according to the 10th Edition.

Application filed before January 1, 2012 are classified according to the 9th Edition of Nice Classification. The Trademark Office also indicated that there will be NO re-classification of applications filed before January 1, 2012.

Source: Simonian IP, USA

02-21-2012 (Newsletter Issue 3/12)
Industrial Design Regulation Updated
The Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation (MyIPO) has introduced some changes to the Industrial Design Regulations, effective on February 15, 2012.

Changes are:
1) Electronic filing of design applications and other documents throughout the prosecution of a design application with MyIPO are allowed. A document which is electronically filed is deemed to be effected at the time the document is accepted by the electronic filing system.
2) Increase of official fees, ranging between 30-50% for all stages of the prosecution process.
3) One copy of the representation of the design is now needed for the filing process. Previously 6 copies were needed.
4) While previously a Power of Attorney (Form ID 10) was needed for each individual application, a Letter of Authority has been introduced now, which will allow the agent to sign the foirm ID 10 for a number of design applications. The Letter of Authority will be needed at the filing stage to secure the finling date and application number. If the original letter cannot be obtained in sufficient time, a copy of the letter will be accepted by MyIPO, with the condition that the original will soon follow.

Source: KASS International Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

08-01-2011 (Newsletter Issue 10/11)
Notices on Extension of Time
The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia issued Notices on Extension of Time for trademark matters effective from July 1st, 2011

The Notices apply across all applications/registrations which may require any form of extension of time, e.g. for filing responses to Office Actions or taking any proceedings under the Trademarks and Patents Acts and Regulations. A request for extension will be granted for a period of one (1) month up to a maximum of six (6) months from the initial deadline.
Any further requests for extension of time will not be entertained unless accompanied by a statement of case in the form of a Statutory Declaration with reasonable grounds for the Registrar’s consideration.
If the applicant is unable to respond within the granted extension of time, the applicant shall be deemed to have abandoned his application.

Source: KASS International Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

02-21-2011 (Newsletter Issue 3/11)
Trademark Regulations Changed
The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) has announced some major amendments to the Trademark Regulations, introducing several new Regulations and amendments effective by February 15th, 2011.

Major amendments effects for example the
- Procedure and schedule of fees
- Introduction of electronic filing
- Expedited examination

For more information about the updated Trademark Regulations please click here

Source: and
KASS International Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Legal basis is the Trademark Act of 1976, last amendment in force since February 15th, 2011.
The principles of “common law” apply.
Trademark protection for services has been possible since December 1st, 1997.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
Nice classification, 10th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices and any combination of the mentioned signs. Nontraditional marks (like sound marks, olfactory marks, three-dimensional forms, colours) are not registrable in Malaysia currently. However the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MYIPO) has proposed amendments to the act to include nontraditional trademarks.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks and certification marks.
The application is filed at the Trademark Office.
A separate application has to be filed for each class.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
Foreigners can only apply for a trademark through a Malaysian agent.
A power of attorney is not needed.
A Statutory Declaration declaring bona fide ownership of the mark, is needed.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks.
The processing time from first filing to registration is about 2 years, if there are no objections or oppositions.
The trademark application is published for opposition purposes in the “Government Gazette” prior to registration.
The opposition period is 2 months from publication date of the application.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for late renewals is 1 month from the expiration date of the trademark. Within one year from the expiry of the registration, an application can be made to the Registrar to restore the mark and renew its registration if the Registrar is satisfied that it is just to do so.

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If for a continuous period of at least 3 years the trademark has not been used, it may be subject to cancellation.

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The official application fee for registration of a trademark is MYR 370 per class and MYR 330 per class for electronic filing.
There is another official fee payable when the mark is accepted and ready for publication in the Gazette. It is MYR 650 per class and MYR 600 per class for electronic filing.

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