Friday, August 10, 2018

Parting Words of Dato Shamsiah, Former DG MyIPO

Picture by MyIPO

MyIPO bid farewell to Dato Shamsiah Kamaruddin, Director General of MyIPO who served up to 25 years in the organization until her retirement. A farewell was organized on 26 July 2018.

MyIPO was incorporated in 2003 as a government agency so that it can efficiently manage financial and human resources to run programs that encourage the growth of intellectual property in the country. This year is the 15th anniversary of MyIPO. In an interview conducted by Utusan Melayu published on 5 Mar 2018, she shared her experience in running the organization.

"For 15 years, we experience growth of intellectual property applications up to 125%. As a form of  appreciation for local innovation, MyIPO organized National IP Award ceremony annually since 2006. Through this award, our country produced more local innovators including those that are acknowledged internationally," shared Dato Shamsiah as her biggest achievement.

She also mentioned that through governments efforts, Malaysia was removed from USTR Priority Watchlist in 2012. Other than that, MyIPO has established cooperation with ASEAN countries as ASEAN Working Froup in Intellectual Property Co-operation (AWGIPC) to modernize intellectual property development in ASEAN.

Dato Shamsiah said that MyIPO acts as a guardian of intellectual property in Malaysia. The laws of intellectual property in Malaysia is in line with international intellectual property laws such as Paris Convention, Patent Cooperation Treaty, WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performaces and Phonograms Treaty. She also said that MyIPO conducts law review to improve and hasten intellectual property protection.

She wishes that MyIPO continually improve the National IP policy launched in 2007 through international cooperation by harmonizing procedures and regulations in intellectual property registration.

The full interview in Utusan Melayu

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