30 September 2019

Malaysia had, on 27 September 2019, deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This paves the way for the much awaited implementation of the Madrid Protocol in the Malaysian trade mark system.

In conjunction with the deposit of the instrument of accession, the Minister of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs announced in his speech that the Protocol will come into force in Malaysia on 27 December 2019. It is anticipated that Malaysia’s new Trademarks Act 2019 (“TMA”) will also come into force on the same date. The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) is currently conducting public consultations on the new Trademark Regulations which will accompany the new TMA.

To find out more about the key changes brought by the new TMA, please refer to our alert by clicking here.

If you have any queries on the new TMA or the Madrid Protocol, kindly contact our ZICO IP partners Linda Wang, Su Siew Ling or Ong Boo Seng.

This alert is for general information only and is not a substitute for legal advice.


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The deal will see more than 275 lawyers join over 2,900 legal professionals in the KPMG global organization, creating a significant legal footprint across Asia. It will offer legal services and solutions, a globally connected legal services platform, and specialists who work with leading technology providers to modernize legal functions across organizations. The strategic combination increases the total number of legal professionals in the KPMG network to over 3,750 across 84 jurisdictions. You may read the press release here.

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