Intellectual property in Malaysia

Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff

Chair of the Malaysian Bar Council IP Committee, IP litigator Cindy Goh Joo Seong leads the IP team at Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff. Clients include local public listed companies and multinationals across numerous sectors including luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, automobile industries and healthcare. Recent work spans patent infringements, passing off, trademark and copyright disputes. Of late, its work has included complex patent cases involving pharmaceutical or technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Goh Joo Seong

Testimonials

‘The firm provided smart and cost-saving strategies. ’

‘Partner, Cindy Goh, is pragmatic and highly available.’

‘Quick commercial advice, they don’t constantly back-cover. Not wordy. ’

‘Cindy supervises the team and jumps in where necessary. ’

 

Key clients

SPC Diatech LLC (Russian company)

China Tobacco Guangdong Industrial Co. Ltd

Asustek Computer Inc and Asustek Computer Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Emart Group of Companies

Ninja Van Group of Companies with HQ in Singapore

Mikobeaute International Co., Ltd from Taiwan

Tandex Group of Companies from Australia

Wacoal Corporation from Japan

Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd from Japan

STX Heavy Industries Co Ltd from Korea

BP Healthcare Group of Companie

Tramontina S/A Cutelaria from Brazil

Syarikat Perniagaan Lamzhuan Sdn Bhd

Inver House Distillers Limited

Omron Corporation

SKS Group

Hovid Berhad

Sri Nona Sdn Bhd

MeCan App Sdn Bhd

Super Mama Lab Sdn Bhd

Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd

The Smiley Company S.P.R.L

Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Successful counterclaim for breach of contract, copyright infringement and breach of confidential information against a Malaysian company.
  • Represented a well-known and prominent pharmaceutical company in Malaysia, in a patent infringement suit and patent invalidation suit.
  • Represented a client in a case concerning constructive trust concerning trademark ownership, read together with section 37 of the Trade Mark Act 1976.

Christopher & Lee Ong

Christopher & Lee Ong (a member firm of  Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP Asia) combines a leading IP and sports and gaming practice, led by Sri Sarguna Raj who provides 'brilliant and cost-effective solutions'. The team acts for a range of Malaysian and global client in the protection and enforcement of their IP rights and its expertise extends to protection of domain names and advertising laws and regulations. Partner Ng Kim Poh leads on trademark and anticounterfeiting matters for household name clients while partner Steven Cheok handles complex patent infringements together with advising on the protection of other IP assets.

Practice head(s):

Sri Sarguna Raj

Other key lawyers:

Ng Kim Poh ; Steven Cheok

Testimonials

‘Matters entrusted are given full attention by their partners who are always reachable, their fee structure is also very competitive and client-oriented despite the firm being one of the top firms in the country.’

‘Sri Sarguna Raj is very hands on and dedicated with the matters that we have entrusted the firm with. He also provides brilliant and cost-effective solutions to the issues at hand.’

 

Key clients

AirAsia Group Berhad

Top Glove Corporation Berhad

Yonex Co., Ltd

Powerscan Company Limited

Barnes Group Inc.

Iconix Consulting Sdn. Bhd.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad

 

Gan Partnership

With a focus on contentious matters, the IP team at the Gan Partnership  provides expertise across all IP rights, including patents trademarks, and copyright. This includes the commercialisation of IP such as franchising and licensing matters. The team is also adept at advising on broader entertainment and media law, advertising law, and pharmaceutical and healthcare law. The team is led by Bahari Yeow Tien Hong with partner Zhi Jian Lim, who also works on a broad spectrum of matters - both are particularly in demand as 'outstanding litigators'. This experienced team  frequently handles complex and novel cases for clients that range from major local names to international corporates who value the team's 'grit and resourcefulness'.

Practice head(s):

Bahari Tien Hong Yeow

Other key lawyers:

Lim Zhi Jian

Testimonials

Bahari Yeow and Zhi Jian are very responsive, commercially minded, and flexible in their approach.’

‘Bahari Yeow is in an entirely different league.’

‘Bahari Yeow and Zhi Jian have brought up the fame of Gan Partnership in the Malaysian legal market.’

‘Their IP Department is extremely strong.’

‘Despite the high quality of service, Gan Partnership IP Department provides best value for money. Their charges are very compatible and reasonable.’

‘Bahari Yeow, Zhi Jian and their Teams are hands-on and approachable. Both Bahari and Jian are commercially and legally sound. Both Bahari and Jian are exemplary IP litigators.’

‘I can confidently said, Bahari Yeow is way ahead of all of his competitors.’

‘Bahari Yeow is a very impressive litigator. He thinks out-of-box, and is hands-on in all his matters.’

‘In Court, Bahari Yeow is well respected by Judges in all the matters involving the Company. Bahari Yeow is a highly experienced and respected litigator with an excellent reputation. He is an eloquent and vigorous advocate.’

‘Jian is meticulous in managing the matters, and efficient. ‘

‘The two partners, Bahari Yeow and Lim Zhi Jian, are leading IP practitioners. 

Lim Zhi Jian – Instrumental and a very commercial yet legal sound minded practitioner. Humble and always willing to listen to the subject matter by providing the most commercial viable solution to resolve any potential disputes.

Key clients

Samsung

Apple

Panasonic

Philip Morris

Hewlett Packard

Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Telegram

Baidu

Epson

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Represented a major US technology company in the widely reported global trademark dispute against the world’s largest watchmaking group.
  • Represented and assisted Samsung in its trademark portfolio and branding exercise in Malaysia, including filing sound marks which is a non-traditional mark in Malaysia.
  • Advising LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on advertising and labelling requirements for its alcoholic drinks portfolio.

LAW Partnership

LAW Partnership is an IP and tech-focused firm which was founded by Suaran Singh Sidhu and Brian Law in 2019 and is the relationship firm with Eversheds Sutherland. A substantial team continues to expand with the hire of a number of associates and senior IP executive Pharvishaa Divya, from Marks & Clerk, who brings a strong background in patent protection. Celia Cheah Chiew Lan concentrates on the prosecution of IP and a range of IP transactions and Ameet Kaur Purba is another key team member. The group is notable for its ability to handle international matters in conjunction with the full range of commercial advisory and prosecution of trademarks, patents, and designs, and complex IP litigation and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Suaran Singh Sidhu; Brian Law

Other key lawyers:

Ameet Kaur Purba; Celia Cheah Chiew Lan

Testimonials

People, commercial mindset, innovative in coming up with practical solutions.’

‘Experienced partners, knowledgeable, up to date,  good network locally and abroad.’

‘Mr Suaran Singh Sidhu and Mr Brian Law have been IP practitioners for more than 10 years, if not more. Wide ranging experience, expert in their field and able to provide excellent advice and strategy.’

Key clients

The Alliance Against Counterfeit Spirits (“AACS”)

Evolution Wellness Holdings Pte. Ltd.YTL Group

MAMEE-Double-Decker

Sanofi Aventis

Jas Hennessy & Co.Sony

Music Publishing Sdn Bhd

Shell Brands International AG

Mega Fortris Group

Music Authors Copyright Protection (MACP)

The Procter & Gamble Group

Kingsley Advisory Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised on the seizure of 10,040 litres of fake Shell lubricants worth RM111,300.
  • Assisted a global biopharmaceutical corporation focussed on human health in a drug sample purchase exercise.
  • Represented Hennessy & Co in planning and strategising anti-counterfeiting activities in Malaysia.

Shearn Delamore & Co

Karen Abraham  leads the 'proactive' IP practice at Shearn Delamore & Co. While the team has shared experience across all IP matters, the practice regularly draws upon the noted litigation skills of partner Indran Shanmuganathan . Partner Timothy Siaw  specialises in patents and life sciences but his expertise extends to IT contracts, technology licensing, cybersecurity and data protection. A major part of partner Zaraihan Shaari ’s practice is in patents cases for the pharmaceutical, life sciences and allied industries. Partner Michelle C Y Loi   represents clients in all areas of IP litigation and advisory matters which extend to the Control of Drugs and Cosmetic Regulations while Janet Toh  has an equally broad practice. The team is also prized for its cross-jurisdictional capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Karen Abraham

Testimonials

‘You will not find another firm with the sophistication to manage local work, and complex multi-jurisdictional enforcement projects.’

‘A very professional and structured team’

‘Karen Abraham is an outstanding figure. Her understanding of both the legal as well as the commercial intricacies of the clients’ businesses is unrivalled.’

‘A very strong team in Malaysia’s premier IP firm. Great depth at all levels, with a huge range of expertise across many areas of technology and IP rights.’

‘Indran Shanmuganathan has great court presence, good at cross examining and thoughtful before the court.’

‘An important criteria that we look for as a global academic institution is professionalism. Shearn Delamore provides exceptionally professional service with providing good counsel on IP matters. Shearn Delamore has a very good image besides being reputable and reliable in Malaysia. ’

‘Timothy is well-known to be very strong in the IP field because of his vast experience and deep knowledge.He is always ready to provide a very thorough and clear explanation to the queries that we have. Recently he has also provided commercialisation advice regarding licensing issues .I appreciate Timothy who provides free consultation when we need professional opinion and advice in licensing of the IP for patents which were filed. The advice provided is detailed and considers the risks and concerns involved for the organization. ’

‘The firm provides excellent, cost-effective advice and service in the Malaysian market. They know the market extremely well, and are always searching for a business-friendly solution. They are extremely responsive, and as noted, good listeners, trying to find out exactly what the client wants and taking steps to make it happen.’

‘Karen Abraham and Michelle Loi Choi Yoke are excellent attorneys. Karen is the best there is. Extremely easy to work with, tremendously responsive, and very knowledgeable about all areas of Malaysian IP law. Michelle provides excellent, insightful advice and counsel.’

 

Key clients

Longchamp Paris

General Video LLC

Wahl Clipper Corporation

Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Ltd

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

ResMed Pty Ltd

Mead Johnson Nutrition LLC

Hermes International

Reckitt Benckiser

LVMH Fashion Group

Johnson & Johnson

Merck Sharp and Dohme Corp

Asia File Products Sdn Bhd

Sinowaja (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Dorpan SL and Melia Hotels International S.A.

Munchy Food Industries Sdn Bhd

El Baik Food Systems Co. S.A.

Garden International School Sdn Bhd

Nippon Paint (M) Sdn Bhd

Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad

Reckitt Benckiser

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

GlaxoSmithKline

Work highlights

  • Action for trademark infringement and passing off of the “LEXUS” trademark in relation to biscuits in Malaysia.
  • Successfully facilitated the seizure of 3.5 million units of cigarettes packets with the estimated value of the total seizure is RM31.5m.

Skrine

Charmayne Ong heads both the intellectual property practice and the technology, media and telecommunications practice at Skrine, while Khoo Guan Huat  heads the IP dispute resolution practice. Partner Kuek Pei Yee has a growing reputation in contentious matters but also advises clients on protection strategies. This substantial team provides comprehensive services to clients in sectors such as life sciences, healthcare, financial services, air travel, consumer and industrial goods. In addition to contentious matters, it also advises on areas including franchising, licensing and other commercialisation projects.

Practice head(s):

Charmayne Ong ; Khoo Guan Huat

Other key lawyers:

Kuek Pei Yee

Testimonials

‘Skrine are extremely accessible and a pleasure to instruct. Hong Koon especially is a talented but also a cheerful IP lawyer.’

‘The team is lead by experienced practitioners such as Khoo Guan Huat and Charmayne Ong. The strength of the team lies in their expertise in the different types of IP work that they are engaged with.’

‘Khoo Guan Huat and Kuek Pei Yee are good litigators. Joshua Beni Chris Teoh is an up and coming lawyer.’

‘Ms. Teh Hong Koon is our trusted and longtime correspondent in Malaysia. We have developed a good rapport with her over the years and would not hesitate to refer to her work that requires a keen eye for detail.’

‘The team of Skrine is full of highly capable and skilled individuals, their team is quite strong and systematic in the way the work is conducted. The fees of this firm is a bit higher than its peers, though.’

‘The firm efficiently handled our client’s trademark portfolio and was transparent with respect to their process and costs.’

‘Teh Hong Koon on trademark prosecution and Kuek Pei Yee on litigation are both very skilled and go-to individuals in their respective fields.’

Key clients

Duopharma Biotech Group

Maxsilin Products Sdn Bhd

Kino Brands Pte. Ltd.

Joey Yap Group of Companies

Pirelli & C. S.p.A

Dart Industries Inc

Tupperware Brands Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Radical Galaxy Sdn Bhd

MForce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd

Passion Trading Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Duopharma Biotech Group in its patent dispute with Novartis AG concerning a cancer drug-related polymorph patent.
  • Acted for prominent Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics publisher to carry out enforcement exercises and to protect against digital piracy.
  • Acted for Huasin Food Industries Sdn Bhd in its biscuit trademark related dispute with Munchy Food Industry Sdn Bhd.

Wong & Partners

Wong & Partners (a member  of the Baker Mckenzie international group) is noted for providing 'end to end IP services'. The IP and technology groups are led by Kherk Ying Chew who is well known for her leadership across contentions and advisory matters. Sonia Ong has a strong background in commercial IP matters, especially in the technology sector, where she advises on a range IP transactions and commercialisation projects and related regulatory regimes. The team combines an established reputation in transactional issues involving the transfer of IP tech, IP valuations, and portfolio management in addition to litigation, enforcement of IP rights, and anti-counterfeiting. The firm is distinguished by its patent expertise where it advises clients on protection under both local and international treaties. Areas of expertise also include freedom-to-operate assessments, technical drafting and prior art searches. Clients say they turn to the firm for its 'depth of experience' and 'ability to assess legal risk from a commercial perspective'.

Practice head(s):

Kherk Ying Chew

Other key lawyers:

Sonia Ong

Testimonials

‘They are a good, solid team to work with. They are responsive and consistently deliver timely, practical advice.’

‘Very experienced partner and associates, provide wide range of services, from protection to defending. Provide end to end IP services and we have been fortunate to work with WP for patent, LDIC, ID, trademark registration and dispute, copyright protection and dispute. Provide excellent assistance, advice and strategy. ’

‘Ms Chew Kherk Ying is very articulate and experienced provides excellent practical and strategic advice in a tight time frame.’

Key clients

Genting Berhad

Telekom Malaysia Berhad

CIMB Group Berhad

Malaysia Airlines Berhad

GrabTaxi Holdings Pte Ltd

Ralph Lauren

Vivo

Centek Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle

Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Singapore company, AfterShock PC Pte Ltd in a trademark expungement litigation after a local individual used the AFTERSHOCK name in relation to computer accessories.

Wong Jin Nee & Teo

Led by partners Jin Nee Wong and Bong Kwang Teo , the boutique IP practice, Wong Jin Nee & Teo provides a range of services around the creation, clearance, protection, portfolio management, enforcement, exploitation and monetisation of IP and technology. Clients appreciate its technical expertise in securing patent protection in a cost-effective manner. Matters range from assisting on protection strategies for well-known international brands to dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Jin Nee Wong ; Bong Kwang Teo 

Other key lawyers:

Wai Hoong Loo

Testimonials

‘Throughout the years, they have assisted me in securing 6 granted patents and currently still have 3 applications pending for examination. Throughout the years they have given me sound advice and handled our patent applications at a very satisfactory level.’

‘I especially appreciated the effort that they have explaining the feedback from patent examiners in laymans’ terms . In addition, during the pandermic, they have also taken the time to check on us and also offer support.’

‘People, practical solutions, great collaboration’.

 

Key clients

BP (Castrol)

Shell Brands International AG

Intel Corporation

Levi Strauss & Co.

Christian Louboutin SAS

Luxottica Group S.p.A

Under Armour, Inc.

L Brands, Inc.

Otterbox

NTN Bearing Malaysia

Showa Corporation

AJ Park

Warmal Wil Heavy Duty Pumps Sdn. Bhd.

YKL Engineering Sdn. Bhd.

TechData Systems Sdn. Bhd.

GDEX Berhad

Mattel, Inc.

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law)

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law)’s practice covers all facets of IP; trademark, patent and design prosecution and registration, copyright and trade secret protection, dispute resolution, anti-counterfeiting and enforcement. It also handles licensing and transactional IP as well as IP compliance and related regulatory advice. It is considered ‘a one-stop center for IP excellence’ and serves clients including Nestle, Diageo and Honda. Zico has offices in 18 major cities across 10 ASEAN countries. The team is led by Linda Wang while the highly experienced Su Siew Ling and Ong Boo Seng provide a extensive range of experience in transactional and contentious matters including cases before the Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

Practice head(s):

Linda Wang

Other key lawyers:

Ong Boo Seng; Su Siew Ling

Testimonials

‘ZICO Law is one of the few firms that has regional coverage for ASEAN and by having our trademark work co-ordinated through one firm, we were able to reduce communication time with local counsel, which is particularly important for a lean in-house team like us.’

‘The work is co-ordinated by partner, Ong Boo Seng from their office in Kuala Lumpur. The team is responsive, and delivers advice with business interests in mind. Advice is clear and concise, with frank assessments of the prospects.’

‘The ZICO IP team is well-rounded and a one-stop center for IP excellence from IP prosecution and management, advisory, enforcement and litigation. ’

‘Linda Wang, who heads the division, is an expert in her field and sets the benchmark for sound and practical advice. Partner Ong Boo Seng is detail-oriented, leaving no stones unturned in his advice. As a client, I trust that his work is always well-considered and thought through.’

Key clients

KLK Oleo

Smart Glove Companies

Asahi Group Holdings Southeast Asia Pte. Ltd.

Warner Bros. and DC Comics

Diageo

Nestle

Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications

Essity Group

Chanel

Yamato Holdings

Public Performance Malaysia Berhad

Amorepacific Corporation

Biocon Limited

Lion Corporation (Japan)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Honda Motor Co. Ltd, suing the defendants for infringing copyright in Honda’s EX-5 motorcycle.
  • Representing Nestle Products Sdn Bhd in a case examining the proprietary rights to a QR Code.
  • Advised ANT Group on trademark prosecution in Malaysia and co-ordinating trademark filings in Brunei and in Myanmar under the new Myanmar trademark laws.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s IP practice covers the full range of IP work for Malaysian and international clients, encompassing patents, trademarks, franchising, licensing, copyright, and media law in all key industry sectors. Eunice Wei Lynn Chan  leads the team on the range of advisory and contentious matters while litigator Chng Keng Lung focuses on IP disputes. Both are ably assisted by associate Chew Yi Hsien. The team's extensive client roster includes household name brand owners in the telecoms and consumer goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Eunice Chan Wei Lynn

 

Other key lawyers:

Chng Keng Lung; Chew Yi Hsien

Testimonials

‘Ms. Eunice Chan Wei Lynn. She is attentive and always let us have full and thoughtful advice ’

‘LHAG has attorneys with many years of practice experience. They understand client situations and able to provide relevant advice. The firm has reputation for high level customer service and a proven record for high-dollar case outcomes.’

‘Chng Keng Lung was highly responsive and has the ability to advice the best action for my case. ’

‘The team is very collaborative and takes a proactive approach when dealing with us as their clients. During the pandemic they have made use of Online conferences to keep us informed of the latest updates of our cases as well as Online webinars where is very informative to us that are not familiar with the law. Being one of the largest law firms in Malaysia they are very competitive in their billing. Would definitely recommend them.’

‘Chng Keng Lung is an excellent partner and is well-versed with knowledge in Intellectual property. He elaborates his strategies with moves well in advance like a chess match to ensure our business is certain of what is next. He takes an open-collaborative approach to ensure our needs are met.

‘LHAG has a long history, a strong practice, and yet is competitively priced. ’

‘Eunice Chan is an outstanding partner. She is our trusted go to person for all intellectual property matters in Malaysia ’

‘The team is capable of delivering client’s objective and intention in a legal case in a very systematic way which prevents in miscommunication break down that we seek this as a strength as compared to others.’

‘The individual we have worked with is capable of analysing and determine the strength and weak points of client’s position in a legal case which eases client’s decision making .’

 

Key clients

Jardine Matheson

Koch Industries, Inc.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad

Wah Chan Consolidated Sdn Bhd

Shenzhen Comix Group Co., Ltd.

Maxis group of companies

Asian Football Confederation

Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (PERODUA)

Nirvana

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. through the Indian IP firm RNA, IP Attorneys

Work highlights

  • Represented  Telekom Malaysia Berhad in a dispute with one of its distributors involving domain names, trademark infringement, passing off, breach of contract, fraud and inducement.
  • Acted for Wah Chan Gold & Jewellery Corporation Sdn Bhd, Precious Lane Sdn Bhd, and Koo Quay Keong in defending against two actions commenced by Diamond & Platinum Sdn Bhd, DeGem Masterpiece Sdn Bhd, DeGem Prestige Sdn Bhd, DeGem Diamond Collection Sdn Bhd, and Lazare Kaplan International, Inc. for alleged trademark infringement, passing off, unlawful interference with trade, and malicious falsehood, among others.
  • Represented Shenzhen Comix Group Co., Ltd., a listed and well-known manufacturer of office supplies in China, in a dispute involving an expungement application against a former Malaysian distributor’s trademark registration.

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Led by Pauline Khor  Rahmat Lim & Partners’s recent work in IP has focused on e-commerce related litigation and providing support to anti-counterfeiting measures taken by local and international brands. Khor has experience in all aspects of IP civil and criminal enforcement, including trademarks, passing off, copyright, patents, registered designs and trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Khor

Key clients

Shopee Mobile Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Joey Yap Group of Companies

BGF Retail Co., Ltd

MyNEWS Holdings Bhd

Work highlights

  • Defended Shopee Mobile Malaysia Sdn Bhd, an e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia in back-to-back civil lawsuits launched simultaneously by local production film companies.
  • Acted for Joey Yap Research Group Sdn Bhd and Joey Yap Private Limited (Joey Yap), a Chinese metaphysics consulting group in initiating lawsuits against several third party online infringers on various e-commerce platforms such as Shopee, Lazada and Shopify.
  • Advised both BGF Retail Co., Ltd and MyNews Holdings Bhd in relation to their venture to bring in the CU convenience store brand concept into Malaysia.

Raja, Darryl & Loh

The team at Raja, Darryl & Loh has expertise and experience in the commercialisation and management of intellectual property, including joint ventures, technology transfer and licensing, software contracts, intellectual property audits and policy making. IP practice head, Yvonne Ong , oversees the prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property and, together with partner Ooi Ling Leong  assists clients on the domestic and international protection of IP assets. Senior partner Chew Phye Keat specialises in corporate, commercial, competition and intellectual property laws. The group also works with the broader corporate and M&A and the insolvency practice groups, as required.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Ong

Other key lawyers:

Ooi Ling Leong; Chew Phye Keat

Testimonials

‘We would go to Raja, Darryl & Loh for any IP assistance in Malaysia. They are highly professional, reliable and responsive. They are always be able to offer the most practically effective solution to the IP issues we are seeking to resolve for our clients in Malaysia.’

‘Yvonne Ong is the senior partner of the firm who has extensive experiences in all IP areas. She is always be able to offer the reliable, creative and practically effective solutions to our IP issues.’

‘Sharon Lai has high expertise and experience providing responsive and outstanding support in IP matters before the Trademark Office of Malaysia. ’

‘We engage their IP team in respect of prosecution and enforcement of IP matters in Malaysia. We recommend Ms. Yvonne Ong (Partner, Head of Intellectual Property) and her team for their professionalism and swift service.’

‘Creative solutions, sufficient number of partners specialised in their respective fields’

‘Ms Yvonne Ong – creative and commercially minded. Able to grasp engineering concepts quickly’

 

Key clients

Mattel, Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Vitally Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Represented a technology company in its action in the High Court against another company for copyright infringement of our client’s computer programs.
  • Advised a client in regard to its long-term trademark licensing agreement covering Malaysia and Brunei for the use of certain fashion brands and conducting due diligence in respect of the said trademarks.
  • Advised a client and drafted relevant documentation in respect of its proposed new business venture to operate retail stores specialising in the sale of fertilisers.

Shook Lin & Bok

The intellectual property, information technology and licensing group at Shook Lin & Bok is led by Michael Soo, and advises on the gamut of IP and industrial property rights. Wendy Lee Wan Chieh's expertise covers advisory and prosecution matters and on the contentious side, she has handled cases that have reached the Court of Appeal and Federal Court. Notable associates are Joseph Yu Shi Yang and Nikko Aik Mun Shin who assist in advising both local and international clients on the protection of IP assets. The team has a strong track record advising clients in the technology, consumer and industrial goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Soo

Other key lawyers:

Wendy Lee Wan Chieh; Joseph Yu Shi Yang; Nikko Aik Mun Shin

Testimonials

‘They are experienced and responsive. They get the job done.’

‘Michael Soo is the lawyer I worked with. He has many years of experience. His vast experience allows him to give very practical advice. ’

‘They are very strong in trademark and copyright matters. ’

Key clients

Bayerische Motoren Werke and the BMW Group of Companies

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Hershey Group of Companies

YTL Group of Companies

Fraser and Neave, Limited

United Detergent Industries

Thompson Reuters

Public Bank Berhad

J Choo Limited

UNZA International Limited

Lee Kum Kee Company Limited

Summit (M) Sdn Bhd

Hotel Equatorial Sdn Bhd

Authentic Brands Group, Inc

Stanley Black & Decker

ZTE Corporation

Church & Dwight Co Inc

Nissan Motors Corporation

Marks & Spencer Plc

Telekom Group of Companies

Yee Lee Trading Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Represented DJ Auto in an action for trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Represented Powerscan Company Ltd. as counsel for an appeal against a finding of patent infringement and invalidation.
  • Represented UAC Berhad in an action for the expungement of its registered trademark.
  • Represented Mylan Ireland Limited in an action for the invalidation of a Malaysian Patent.
  • Represented Sims Capital Sdn Bhd in an action for the expungement of its registered mark.

Tay & Partners

Lee Lin Li leads the 'responsive, intelligent and commercially-minded' IP and TMT practice at Tay & Partners. The practice offers services covering the needs of all types of IP owners with a particular focus on technology. Services include patent, industrial design and trademark registration and prosecution, copyright protection, litigation and transactional IP. Recent matters have ranged from patent infringement in the oil and gas and life sciences sectors to trade mark infringements and anti-counterfeiting measures. Lim BeeYi focuses exclusively on advising domestic and international clients on IP and technology - both advisory and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Lee Lin Li

Other key lawyers:

Lim Bee Yi

Testimonials

‘Tay Partners’ IP team are responsive, intelligent and commercially-minded practitioners who provide valuable assistance to clients in Malaysia. We would be happy to recommend them to any client or fellow firm that might require assistance in respect of IP matters. ’

‘Lee Lin Li is an excellent IP lawyer – well versed in trade mark, design and copyright matters and one of our first-choice lawyers in respect of Malaysian IP matters.’

Lim Bee Yi is also an excellent IP lawyer is held in high regard by our firm. She is also well versed in all areas of IP and, again, sits as one of our first-choice lawyers in respect of IP matters in Malaysia.’

‘Great analysis on known areas and grey areas. Very well done.’

Very approachable and great analytical skills.’

‘Deep knowledge and trial expertise on patents matters. Thorough preparation and easy access and explaining the merits of cases.’

 

Key clients

Kingtime International Ltd

Accor Group

Herbalife

Celltrion Inc. Celltrion Healthcare Co., Ltd.

iNova Pharmaceutical

Costa Limited

Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd

The Kraft Heinz Company

JD Sports Fashion PLC

Lazada South East Asia Pte Ltd e-Cart Services Sdn Bhd (Lazada, Malaysia)

Saint-Gobain Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Saint-Gobain (China) Investment Co., LTD

UEM Sunrise Berhad

Mega Legacy (M) Sdn . Bhd.

Sunrise Berhad

Costa Express Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Josephine, L K Chow & Co

The intellectual property department of Josephine, L K Chow & Co is led by Peh Khaik Kew , Cyndi Chow Li Kian and Yip Huen Weng. The team is split between Petaling Jaya, where the majority of matters are handled, and Kuala Lumpur. A range of clients hail from sectors including construction and consumer products. It has a track record in the IT sector; software licensing issues forms a large part of the the team's work. In addition, the Kuala Lumpur office offers a legal consultancy service in music publishing, which is led by Yip Huen Weng, which assists music artists and content creators protect and exploit their content and royalty entitlements.

Testimonials

‘Khaik Kew is a one man enforcement team with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He is not just an expert in enforcement but also one of the pioneers. He is the go to guy when it comes to enforcement actions in Malaysia. ’

‘Khaik Kew blends his legal knowledge with street smarts. He sees a legal issue not within the blinkers of legality but also within a wider scope of business sense. ’

‘Khaik Kew was very generous in sharing his expertise, experience and exposure and protecting me as a client. Always putting our interest first.

 

Key clients

Ho Shen Lee (M) Sdn Bhd

TNL Plastic Manufacturer Sdn Bhd

LIMMAS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Naqiz & Partners

Naqiz & Partners is headed by the highly experienced Naqiz Syed Shahabuddin who provides clients with both commercial and IP expertise. Most recently, this small team has handled technology transfer and licensing deals, including patent licensing agreements. It is active in the IT/tech spaces – advising on software licensing and IT contracts. It also advises on the management and commercialisation of global trade marks portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Naqiz Syed Shahabuddin

Zain and Co. (A member of Dentons)

Zain and Co. (A member of Dentons)'s IP practice sits within corporate and M&A team. It assists clients in M&A with an IP angle, an approached which has seen it serve several international corporate clients looking to enhance the protection and management of their IP in Malaysia. The team, led by Salwah Abdul Shukor, more broadly, advises clients on the registration of trade marks, prosecution issues, rebranding exercises and transactions such as assignments.  

Practice head(s):

Salwah Abdul Shukor

Key clients

Straits Interactive Pte Ltd

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Straits Interactive Pte Ltd on registration of their portfolio of marks in Malaysia.
  • Advised and assisted Ashley FurnitureIndustries, Inc. in the management of their trademark portfolio in Malaysia.