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Intellectual Property and Malaysia’s Movement Control Order – What is happening to your pending applications / registrations for trademarks, patents and industrial designs?

Further to our client alert dated on 31st March 2020, the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (“MyIPO”) has issued a further directive pursuant to the extension of Movement Control Order (“MCO”) to 14th April 2020 by the Malaysian Government as follows:-

  1. Manual filing of trademark applications which involve claiming of priority date falling within 18th March 2020 to 14th April 2020 will be extended to 20th April 2020. Nonetheless, applicants are encouraged to file such applications by 15th April 2020 in accordance with Article 4(C)(3) of Paris Convention.
  1. Deadline for payment of annuity (if manual filing is required) for patents / utility innovations has been extended to 30th April 2020.
  1. All other deadlines and procedure remains unchanged as per our client alert dated 31st March 2020.

We are attending to clients’ matters and instructions as promptly as we could in the circumstances. As part of our Firm’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP), all our partners and lawyers are working from home and may be contacted at their respective email addresses and mobile phones.

Please feel free to contact us should you need clarification or our assistance.


Michael Soo

Managing Partner and Head, IP

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Wendy Lee


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Henry Phoon


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