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A patent is an exclusive right granted by the government authority for a technical creation, namely, an invention. The invention can be a product, a process/method, or a system having new combination of technical features, which offers a new technical solution to a problem.
Patent protection can be sought after if your invention is a newly developed product of manufacture, composition of matter, process/method or system. In order to get a patent granted, the invention must meet the patentability requirements, including novelty (it is new and not made public), inventiveness (it is not obvious to a skilled person in the art) and industrially applicability (it can be used in an industry). A granted patent is given a duration of 20 years from the date of filing, provided that the annuity is timely paid.
In Malaysia, there is also another form of protection for an invention which is not inventive, i.e. by filing a utility innovation (UI). A granted UI is given a duration of 10 years, and can be renewed twice, for 5 years each, subject to use.
We provide patent and UI services from analytical, protection to commercialization. Please speak with us if you would like to learn more.
- Patentability Assessment/ Patent Novelty Search
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Trademarks protects distinctive mark used in trade, in which the mark can be in any form such as a device, a sign, a symbol, numbers, words, a logo, a phrase or a combination thereof, which allows the identification of a corporate's products, services or brands. You may pursue a trademarks application for your business name, product name, brand name or tagline; and in certain territories, the shape or smell or your products.
Trademarks protection is granted to a mark which can distinguish the goods or services from a trader to another, and which should not cause confusion to the public. Once registered, the trademarks is given 10 years of protection from date of application, and it can be renewed every 10 years with the proof of use.
Please speak with us if you would like to know more on how to protect your mark!
An industrial design protects the aesthetic or ornamental appearance of an article applied by any industrial process or means, and the design must appeal to the eyes. It may be of a three-dimensional feature (e.g. shape or configuration of an article), or a two-dimensional feature (e.g. pattern or ornamentation applied to an article). If your products or services are associated with unique patterns or motives, creative exterior look, aesthetic shapes of specially designed lines, you may protect them under an industrial design application.
An industrial design must be new in order to be registrable. The industrial design is granted for its external look, hence a granted design does not cover its technical or functional features, if any. Once granted, an industrial design will be given an initial protection period of 5 years from the date of filing, and can be renewed for 4 consecutive terms of 5 years each.
We would like to hear from you if you would like to know more about design searches or protection.
Copyrights are given to an author, owner or performer for the protection of one's own original expression of idea reduced or transformed into material form. Such expressions include artistic, literary or musical works, sound recordings, films, dramas, broadcasts as well as derivatives thereof.
Copyrights are automatic rights, they exist once the artistic work is created or recorded. Hence, one is not required to register his work in order to obtain his rights. However, recordation of copyright can grant further protection in many ways, especially in legal proceedings with regard to ownership issues. In countries under the Berne Convention, copyright protection would last for the lifetime of the author plus 50 years after his death. For certain works such as broadcasts in Malaysia, the duration would be computed differently.
We provide copyright filing or recordation services. Please speak with us if you would like to learn more.