Tuesday, March 20, 2012

223 Trademarks, 24 Patent Applications Received Under Expedited Examination Process

The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) received 223 applications for trademarks and 24 for patents and utility renewals under the expedited examination process introduced last Feb 15.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the initiative was well received as it facilitated the registration process.

The registration period for patents normally takes 26 months but under the expedited examination, it only takes 20 months while for trademark registration, which usually takes 12 months, it can now be done in less than seven months. "However, these are only for applications which are in order and without any objection being raised by the registrar," he told reporters after attending the 2011 MyIPO Excellent Service Award here.

Ismail Sabri said MyIPO received 28,833 trademark applications, including 15,832 from foreign parties last year, up from 26,370 applications during the previous year.

A total of 6,559 applications for patents and utility renewals were received last year compared to 6,464 the year before.

MyIPO also received 1,871 applications for industrial design registrations and seven applications for geographical indication products last year compared to 940 and five applications respectively in 2010.

Although the figure might seem huge, he said, the awareness among entrepreneurs to register their products for patents and trademarks was still low and in some cases, applications from foreigners far outnumbered those from the locals. -Bernama

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Amendments to Copyright Act to come into force by April

New regulations following the amendment of the Copyright Act 1987 last year, which include a wider jurisdiction for the Copyright Tribunal, are expected to be submitted to the Attorney-General for implementation from April.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the ministry and the national creative industry players would be holding their last meeting to finalise the regulations at the end of this month before submitting it to the Attorney-General.

Among the new regulations to be enforced included a system of voluntary registration of copyright works and the registration of a royalty collection body, he told reporters after holding the second meeting with the national creative industry players on the issues of the new regulations at the office of Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) here Wednesday.

"The new regulations of the Copyright Tribunal should involve expanding the jurisdiction of the tribunal on matters relating to payment of royalties to artistes.

"The tribunal should be expanded to ensure the individual responsible for collecting royalty should be transparent apart from informing the artistes concerned on their work used," he said.

Among the arts industry player representatives present were Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia, Persatuan Penulis Skrin Malaysia, Persatuan Penerbit Filem Malaysia as well as local actors and singers. - Bernama