Monday, October 23, 2017

Malaysia, Japan in cooperation to strengthen intellectual property protection

Malaysia will work with Japan to strengthen its local intellectual property (IP) protection mechanism.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said the move included cooperation with Todai Technology Licensing Office Ltd (Todai TLO), a Tokyo University subsidiary, in terms of providing commercial value assessment.

“The initiative will benefit IP owners, and add value as well as enable local IPs to be more widely promoted. The ministry will see how it could find valuers to assess the IPs in our country.

“It will make it easier for them to borrow from a financial institution and prove that their IPs have vast commercial value,” he told Malaysian media after visiting the Japanese Consumers’ Cooperative Union (JCCU) here today.

Aside from TLO and JCCU, Hamzah, who is on a three-day working visit here, also dropped by at Japan Patent Office (JPO) to study how the country, renowned for its innovation, manages and commercialises its intellectual properties.

He noted that the analysis conducted by JPO found that companies which had registered their intellectual properties were able to make more profit compared with those who did not.

Hence, he said, local producers, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should be aware of the advantage of registering and securing patents for their products and services.

The minister disclosed that he had also directed the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) to hold further discussions with JPO and Todai. — Bernama

Monday, October 16, 2017

BlackBerry patent licensing director says he has left company

A key attorney executing BlackBerry Ltd’s (BB.TO) patent licensing strategy has left the company, the second recent departure from the team tasked with making money from the Canadian company’s intellectual property.

Victor Schubert, who was a licensing director for BlackBerry, told Reuters in a brief LinkedIn message that he was no longer with the company. He did not say when he left or why.

Monetizing the company’s intellectual property is a key part of Chief Executive John Chen’s plan for turning around the company whose revenues have declined for six straight years as sales of its once ubiquitous smartphones have tumbled.

Company representatives did not respond to requests for comment on Schubert. Two switchboard operators at the Canadian company said his name was not in a global employee directory.

News of his exit follows the recent departure of Mark Kokes, who lead BlackBerry’s overall patent strategy. Kokes last month joined a health technology company.

Schubert joined BlackBerry in March 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile, as the company was embarking on a major push to boost licensing revenue.

BlackBerry is trying to persuade other companies to pay licensing royalties to use its trove of some 40,000 global patents on technology including operating systems, networking infrastructure, acoustics, messaging, automotive subsystems, cybersecurity and wireless communications.

Schubert has created and executed patent-licensing programs for at least four companies, including BlackBerry, dating back to 1992, according to his LinkedIn profile. It lists portfolio mining, patent valuation and negotiating patent sales as areas of expertise.

He was due to represent BlackBerry at a Seattle-area patent conference next month to discuss how operating companies can make money off their intellectual property, according to an agenda posted on the conference website in August. He is no longer listed as a panelist. - Reuters

Monday, September 25, 2017

PPH and PCT-PPH between MyIPO - EPO

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is an initiative which provides a means of significantly accelerating examination of your patent application if examination work has already been conducted at another patent office.

Under the PPH program, if the claims of your application have been found to be acceptable by a first patent office, you may request accelerated examination of a corresponding application at a second office. The PPH is a procedure whereby patent offices can make use of relevant work already conducted by another office when conducting the patent examination.

PCT-PPH allows favorable claims from PCT which nominate EPO for search to be considered under PPH.

With effect from 1 July 2017, MyIPO starts a pilot PPH/PCT-PPH programs with the Ruropean Patent Office (EPO):

i). MyIPO-EPO PPH pilot program

ii). EPO-MyIPO PPH pilot program

The pilot program will run for three years.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Malaysia Patent Information in Patentscope

According to WIPO, the national patent information of Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are now available in WIPO’s global patent search system PATENTSCOPE, since 30 Aug 2017. This brings to 51 the number of national/regional offices whose data is available in the PATENTSCOPE Search System and to over 65,000,000 the total number of records.

I have conducted a search for Malaysia patent information in Patentscope. Bibliography and patent abstracts are listed for patent applications and patent granted in Malaysia. Full description, claims and drawings are not available.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Businesses using trademarks contribute 30 pct to Malaysia's economy

Trademark-intensive businesses in Malaysia generated 30 per cent direct and 60 per cent indirect benefits to the economy, said International Trademark Association (INTA).

INTA chief representative of Asia-Pacific Seth Hays cited the latest study, conducted from 2012 to 2015, by Frontier Economics, highlighting trademark-intensive activities contribute technological innovation and international business growth.

When asked on the 30 per cent direct and 60 per cent indirect contributions to Malaysia’s economy, Hays explained when trademark-intensive activities are extensively promoted within the business community, government and consuming public, it results in immense cross sectoral economic growth.

"Trademark-intensive industries in Malaysia comprised 55 per cent of the country's share of exports, including manufacturing of computers, electronics and related equipment, which accounted for about 19 per cent of total manufacturing value-add,” he said.

Hays was speaking in a media briefing here today, after presenting ‘The Economic Contributions of Trademark-intensive Industries in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand’ report.

Also present were Shook Lin & Bok deputy managing partner Michael Soo, MyIPO deputy director general Zulkarnain Muhammad and MyIPO assistant director general Azahar Abdul Razab.

"In terms of employment, output, and value-added, workers' share of workforce represented 24 per cent of total employment," Hays said.

Soo concurred and said trademark registration, brand development and enforcement of intellectual property protection will continue its significance as Malaysia embrace a knowledge-based digital economy.

Soo highlighted homegrown brands trademarks that are growing in brand value globally include Petronas, Maybank, CIMB, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Sime Darby, Shangri-la, Genting Resorts and Maxis.

Emerging brands and trademarks, which are growing regionally, including Proton, Perodua, Mamee snacks and Vochelle chocolates. - Ooi Tee Ching, New Straits Times

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Bill 2017

The ABS Bill have been passed, according to parliament. The bill seeks to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity and Nagoya Protocol.

Malaysia is rich in biodiversity. The bill imposes a requirement of a permit for commercial or potential commercial exploitation of biological resources. The permit is provided after a benefit sharing agreement is established with the resource provider of biological resources. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment at federal level or State Economic Planning can issue the permit. Anyone who accessed biological resources without a permit commits an offense.

If the Federal Government or State Authority is not the resource provider, it may require the applicant to pay a percentage of monetary benefits derived under the benefit sharing agreement. If the biological resource is obtained from land which indigenous and local community have a right, or traditional knowledge held by the community, a consent is required to be obtained.

Any person applying for a patent, in or outside Malaysia, in relation to a biological resource shall notify the government in writing within thirty days from the date of application. The person that did not comply commits an offense.

A reward may be provided for informers for services rendered in connection with the detection of any offense under this Act.