By FARA AISYAH / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS
The Intellectual Property Corp of Malaysia (MyIPO) has registered about 214,299 intellectual property (IP) filings from the 283,519 applications as of March 31, 2018.
MyIPO deputy DG of strategic and technical Zulkarnain Muhammad (picture) said the organisation has strived to increase the number of IP filing since its corporatisation in 2003.
“Malaysia records a steady increase in IP filings year-toyear. Just to mention a few, since 2003 to 2013, the number of applications filed in Malaysia was about 41,638 and last year, that number reached 50,188.
“Since January 2013 to March 31, 2018, we have recorded a total of 283,519 applications and during the same period, MyIPO has registered a total of 214,299 filings,” Zulkarnain said in his keynote address at the Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights in the Asean Economic Community — Challenges and Potentials by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
According to Zulkarnain, IP filing for trademark continues to be on the top list, followed by pattern, geographical indication and industry design.
He said foreign applications made up about 60% of the total IP filings in Malaysia.
“In order to increase the number of local filings at MyIPO, we need to run awareness programmes with stakeholders,” he added.
Ideas, in its paper on the Challenges in Improving Intellectual Property Rights in Asean, said despite the country’s success in improving its IP rights enforcement issues such as the availability of pirated and counterfeit products, high rates of Internet piracy and the continued prevailing problems of book piracy still remains widespread.
Malaysia introduced the IP enforcement coordination mechanism or agreements to enhance interagency cooperation.
The Interagency Special Anti-Piracy Task Force, in particular, has been successful in deterring and rooting out networks that distribute counterfeit and infringing goods.
Apart from that, the country has also introduced special IP enforcement units, such as the Special Internet Forensics Unit under the Domestic trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry which has proven to be effective in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy.
“Businesses have also urged the government to provide effective protection against unfair commercial use, as well as unauthorised disclosure of undisclosed test or other data generated to obtain marketing approval for pharmaceutical products.
“They also demand the establishment of a more effective system to address patent issues expeditiously in connection with applications to market pharmaceutical products, as well as to accede to the WIPO Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for Purposes of Patent Procedures by the US,” the research noted.