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Shearn Delamore & Co’s ‘excellent’ eight–partner practice is led by Karen Abraham, who acted for the defendant, BATMark, in a trade mark dispute and represented Marriott, as the claimant, in an infringement and passing off case. The ‘meticulousIndran Shanmuganathan represented the appellant, MP Machinery, in an application to expunge a trade mark. Also recommended are Timothy Siaw and the ‘keen and hardworkingMichelle Loi. Wong Sai Fong sadly passed away in May 2016.

Shook Lin & Bok’s practice is led by Michael Soo. His work includes representing high–profile Malaysian and international clients in patent, trade mark and design rights disputes. Clients include Johnson Suisse.

Skrine’s IP practice, led by Charmayne Ong, is ‘a force to be reckoned with’. Highlights for Khoo Guan Huat included acting for SKB Shutters Manufacturing in a patent dispute in the Federal Court and representing Winthrop Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement case against AstraZeneca. Hemalatha Parasa Ramulu acted for Dart Industries in three separate claims for infringement of registered industrial designs against Genesis Plastic Industries.

Wong & Partners has a broad IP practice led by Kherk Ying Chew, who represented Juris Technologies in a copyright infringement case that resulted in a discovery order being issued by the High Court. Brian Law’s clients have included Mega Fortris and GS Yuasa.

Wong Jin Nee & Teo is a specialist IP and technology firm. Teo Bong Kwang acted for the plaintiff, YKL Engineering, in a copyright and trade mark infringement claim against Sungai Kanang, while Wong Jin Nee assisted a broad range of household-name clients with trade mark protection.

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law) is ‘highly responsive and extremely professional’. Individuals singled out in Linda Wang’s team include Ong Boo Seng and the ‘strategic and pragmatic’ Su Siew Ling. Wang handles patent applications and prosecution, and acted for the Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers in a Federal Court case concerning geographical indications. Other clients include Honda, Pandora and the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia.

The ‘excellentLee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is ‘a reliable partner when it comes to complex IP matters’. Adlin Abdul Majid and the ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and articulateBahari Yeow jointly head the practice. The firm represented Philip Morris in a trade mark infringement and passing off case, and also acted for the government of Malaysia and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

At Rahmat Lim & Partners, Pauline Khor handles anti–counterfeiting programmes for a number of well–known brand owners. Additional highlights included representing the claimant, AlgoRhythm, in a breach of copyright lawsuit and assisting The News Straits Times Press with removing unauthorised Android Apps from Google Play.

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s practice is led by Chew Phye Keat, who focuses on commercial matters, and Yvonne Ong, who handles prosecution. The pair assisted Vitally Marketing with the protection of its brands and designs, while Ong also acted for AP Cosmetics in invalidation proceedings before the High Court. Other clients include Microsoft, Hewlett–Packard and Gap.

The ‘very friendly and accommodating’ lawyers at Tay & Partners provide ‘excellent technical advice and speedy responses’. The group acted for airline Scoot in a passing off case against Scoot Jobs Malaysia, and successfully represented the patent proprietor, Nah Khai Guan, in a challenge to the validity of its patent. The 'excellent practitionerLee Lin Li heads the team that includes Lim Bee Yi.

At Cheang & Ariff, ‘safe pair of hands’ Cindy Goh represented Advanced Technical Laminates Manufacturing, as the claimant, in a suit concerning the infringement of utility innovation and copyright, and acted for Eyemed Technologies in a trade mark infringement claim against a former distributor.

Highlights for Christopher & Lee Ong included acting for a motorcycle manufacturer, as the defendant, in a copyright infringement action filed by Honda and representing PowerScan in patent infringement proceedings filed by Nuctech Company. Sri Sarguna Raj and Steven Cheok are the key names.

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