Monday, September 4, 2023
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Klang bak kut teh is a soup-based dish that has been recognized as a geographical indication (GI) by Perbadanan Harta Intelek Malaysia (MyIPO), an agency under the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Costs of Living (KPDN). This means that Klang bak kut teh has a special connection to Klang city, where it originated and developed its distinctive flavour and reputation.
But what is geographical indication?
According to MyIPO, a geographical indication is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and a reputation that are due to that origin. For example, Darjeeling tea is a geographical indication for tea grown in the Darjeeling region of India, which has a unique aroma and taste. Similarly, Yantai apple is a geographical indication for apples grown in the Yantai region of China, which are known for their crispness and sweetness. Other examples of geographical indications are Gruyere cheese from Switzerland, asam pedas Melaka and Sarawak pepper.
Klang bak kut teh is the first geographical indication that originates from Selangor to be recognized by MyIPO. This is a great achievement for the local bak kut teh industry and culture, as it showcases the rich heritage and diversity of Malaysian cuisine. The geographical indication was initiated by the Klang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCCI).
Henry Golding said that his choice of Malaysia food for diplomacy is bak kut teh and he emphasized the Klang version. "Klang's has broth that's been brewing for generations [...] If it stops boiling, it'll grow this thickness of fur and bacteria. But, it's delicious!"
In Hokkien, bak kut teh means meat-bone tea. There are many bak kut teh sellers in the market. The original bak kut teh is served in a bowl without chilis, youtiao or vegetables. These are considered accompaniments in modern bak kut teh. Even soup refills are not provided by original bak kut teh sellers.
@dennisboonlengtan Klang bak kut teh recognized as a geographical indication. #klang #bakkutteh #geographicalindication ♬ Gong Xi Fa Cai - Lux-Inspira
Modern bak kut teh sellers are serving the dish with chilli padi, mushrooms and tofu pok. Specialty bak but teh sellers can be found in most Malaysia cities. Teluk Pulai, the introducer of claypot and soup refillls is probably the most common version available. Three bak kut teh sellers are recognized in the Michelin Guide.
Bak kut teh is recognized as a noun in Oxford English Dictionary. Other Malaysian English terms recognized are bak kwa, char kway teow, chicken rice, kopitiam, laksa, mamak, sotong and teh tarik.
Monday, November 14, 2022
I attended the MyIPO webinar on Budapest Treaty on the Deposit of Microorganisms for the purposes of Patent Procedure on 8 November 2022. I would like to share eight points I learnt from the webinar.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
On 31 March 2022, Khairy Jamaluddin said that the Ministry of Health (MOH) owns the personal data, the app, the module, intellectual property, source code and trademark. "The data is secure, it's hosted on a server in Malaysia, and it's owned by MOH. Whatever happens in terms of (the) court dispute between two companies, that's nothing to do with us," reported Khairy. On 5 April 2022, the health minister stressed that MOH owns the data, the app's module and brand.
In the Apple Store and Google Play, MySejahtera is listed as an application developed by the Government of Malaysia to assist in managing Covid-19 outbreak in the country. There are 53 and 57 applications listed by the developer called the Government of Malaysia in the Apple Store and Google Play, respectively.
As a MySejahtera user and an IP expert, allow me to share my insights on the IPs in MySejahtera as CSR.
MySejahtera is a computer program. It is written by programmers in source code. Instructions are written in source code on what the programmer intends the program to perform. Programs are usually in a computer language such as C or Java. The source code is then compiled into object code that acts as instructions to be carried out by the computer. Object code are computer codes in binary numbers - in a series of 1s and 0s.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Global organizations cite patent innovation as key to increasing competitive advantage amidst the pandemic
Friday, January 7, 2022
- Access to works for visually impaired under Marrakesh Treaty
- Better Collective Management Organizations (CMO)
- Works distributed via streaming technology and related offences - fine RM10,000 to 200,000, 20 years of prison or both
On 15 Dec 2021, Alexander Nanta Linggi, the Minister of Domestic Trade tabled a Bill to amend the Copyright Act 1987 in Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the parliament. The first reading was made two days earlier.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
- Deposit of microorganism under Budapest Treaty
- Patents recognized as personal property
- Opposition procedure introduced
On 15 Dec 2021, Alexander Nanta Linggi, the Minister of Domestic Trade tabled a Bill to amend the Patents Act 1983 in Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the parliament. The first reading was made two days earlier.
There are 69 clauses in the Bill which would need to be tabled in Dewan Negara, the upper house of parliament. We will provide our commentary on the amendment in the future. Stay tuned!
- 22 Dec 2021 update -
On 22 Dec 2021, Rosol Wahid, the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade tabled the Bill to amend the Patents Act 1983 in Dewan Negara, the upper house of the parliament.
[58:33] Tabling of Patents (Amendment) Bill 2021 for Second Reading.
[1:05:46] Debate by Members of the Senate: Razali Idris and Mohd Apandi.
[1:31:44] The second reading of the Bill was agreed. The Bill was tabled again for third reading and passed.
** The Patents (Amendment) Act 2022 is in force since 18 Mar 2022 **