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June 2018 saw the merger between Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff to create Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff, whose IP practice fields partners Cindy Goh Joo Seong  and Lim Tuck Sun . Goh and Loh Siew Cheang  acted for Loob Holding in a franchise-related injunction case brought by La Kaffa International; Goh also defended Hovid in a patent infringement case filed by Merck Sharp & Dohme. Amsteel Mills, Motordata Research and Wei Her are also representative clients. Senior associate Keong Ming Wai  is active across a wide range of IP matters. Raphael Tay has left the firm.

The 'very knowledgeable, highly trusted' three-partner practice at Christopher & Lee Ong is increasingly busy in trade mark registration, though it handles a wide complement of matters. Steven Cheok , Ng Kim Poh and 'brilliant, dedicated' group head Sri Sarguna Raj defended Powerscan in a patent infringement case brought by Nuctech, and represented Phi Orion in a copyright infringement case that involved alleged breaching of confidential data. DNC Asiatic Holdings is another copyright client; Coca-Cola Refreshments Malaysia is a client on the trade mark side.

Peopled by 'many good, experienced, very friendly lawyers', the practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is led by the 'helpful, knowledgeable' Bahari Yeow, who 'explains complex matters in an easily understandable manner'. Yeow and the 'resourceful, efficient, accommodating' Lim Zhi Jian, who made partner in 2018 and is 'committed and solution-driven', go 'above and beyond' and 'think outside the box'. The 'attentive, dedicated' Eunice Chan Wei Lynn is especially strong in franchise- and competition-related IP. Data protection expert Adlin Abdul Majid heads the group jointly with Yeow. Clients of the team include Philip Morris, Apple, Orange and Panasonic.

The 'broad team' at Shearn Delamore & Co has 'a long history of successful patent litigation', and has excellent trade mark and copyright capabilities. Timothy Siaw advised Gilead Sciences on the government's compulsory use licence of its patents for a Hepatitis C treatment. Karen Abraham heads the group; the 'passionate, straightforward and candid' Indran Shanmuganathan is 'a sheer pleasure to deal with'. Michelle Loi is also recommended.

Skrine's 'very helpful, knowledgeable' and 'distinguished' ten-lawyer practice is increasingly active in franchising work, and is acting for a growing number of clients in the food, beverages and lifestyle sectors. Anti-counterfeiting and enforcement expert Kuek Pei Yee and senior associate Grace Teoh 'quickly familiarise themselves with the facts and underlying interests, and provide practical, realistic solutions'; Kuek represented Target Precast Industries and Target Foundries in two patent suits for a manhole-cover hinge. 'Patient, well-prepared' senior associate Melissa Long is 'a business-savvy strategist'. Charmayne Ong Poh Yin heads the group; Khoo Guan Huat and Hemalatha Parasa Ramulu are also recommended.

The team at Wong & Partners is headed by Kherk Ying Chew, who in a cross-departmental matter represented Juris Technologies in a civil case against former employees who had used confidential company data to set up their own software business. Other clients include Zhu Ge Kong Ming, Lunas Technology and, in a transactional matter, Media Prima. In addition to a sizeable portfolio management practice, the firm is experienced in patents and anti-counterfeiting work. Tze Lin Chong made partner; Hong Sze Chen went in-house to Google.

IP boutique Wong Jin Nee & Teo handles the full range of intellectual property work, and is deeply experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters. Wong Jin Nee and Teo Bong Kwang are the key partners; trade mark specialist Lim Yean Yean is also singled out. Clients include Warmal Wil Heavy Duty Pumps and YKL Engineering.

IP litigation and technology expert Linda Wang leads the team at Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law), with strong support from Su Siew Ling, who handles all kinds of IP matters including transactional ones, and Ong Boo Seng, who is especially strong in contentious IP work. Wang advised Colgate-Palmolive on managing its patent and design portfolio in Malaysia, and acted on IP rights enforcement matters for Chanel and Nestlé. Other clients include Portcullis (Singapore), Music Rights Malaysia and the Association of American Publishers.

LAW Partnership, launched in January 2019 after former KDJ Law partners Brian Law Yew Foo, Suaran Singh Sidhu, and Cheah Chiew Lan formed a new venture. LAW Partnership is the new relationship firm of the global firm of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and the Singaporean firm Eversheds Harry Elias LLP in Malaysia. This IP practice is 'strong in litigation'; the three-partner team handles the full range of IP work, and provides 'prompt, sound advice'. Singh Sidhu is an expert in technology and data protection as well as IP; Law is 'willing to try out creative anti-counterfeiting ideas'. Associate Chen Yun Jin is a 'detailed, organised and calm' expert in contentious IP matters.

Part of a larger regional network of IP offices, boutique firm mirandah asia (malaysia) sdn bhd handles the full range of IP work. CEO Patrick Mirandah heads the group; he is supported by Suriyia Sadanathan and Timothy Joseph, who specialise in hard IP and soft IP respectively.

Rahmat Lim & Partners' practice has been especially busy with anti-counterfeiting work and raids in the last year; its sizeable trade mark registration practice has also developed, and it has handled plenty of transactional IP work. Harley-Davidson U.S.A., MCM Holding and Chanel are anti-counterfeiting clients; group head Pauline Khor advised Fred Perry (Holdings) on a raid on a pop-up store. Sime Darby Plantation is a client on the patent management side.

Chew Phye Keat and Yvonne Ong jointly head the practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh, which counts Revlon, Suntory Holdings and Microsoft among its IP clients. Ong acted for Baiwago in a dispute against Donutes Coffee & Cake Baking regarding proprietary rights to use of the trade mark "donutes" in Malaysia; she also represented Giorgio Armani SpA in opposition proceedings. Petrofac E&C is a client on the patent disputes side.

Providing a good range of patent, copyright and trade mark services, the team at Shook Lin & Bok has also been filing many industrial design applications for Nissan and BMW. Additionally in the automotive sector, group head Michael Soo represented DJ Auto Components Manufacturing in a trade mark infringement and passing-off case against FBK Systems. Faiz Rice and Sasbadi are additional clients. Wendy Lee Wan Chieh is another name to note.

Litigation boutique Sreenevasan fields a strong IP team, comprising Ambiga Sreenevasan and Janini Rajeswaran. It has longstanding experience in copyright, trade mark and patent litigation.

The 'reliable, responsive' practice at Tay & Partners delivers 'prompt' advice, mostly on trade mark matters but also on franchising and labelling. 'Knowledgeable, organised and helpful' group head Lee Lin Li advised Sky Capital on opposition proceedings against Oppo Medical's application to register the trade mark OPPO. Mudah.my, JD Sports Fashion and UEM Sunrise are also representative clients.

Maxis, Sunway Group and Digi Telecommunications are among the clients of Gan Partnership's team, which is especially strong in the trade mark space. As well as assisting companies such as Apollo Food Industries (M) with trade mark infringement proceedings, practice head Tai Foong Lam was instructed by Comcast to advise on the regulatory IP aspects of its proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox's assets, which ultimately did not take place. Gan Khong Aik is also active in the space.

With a wealth of experience in protecting and enforcing soft IP rights, the team at Josephine, L K Chow & Co provides 'exceptional service' and is led by the 'very experienced' Peh Khaik Kew, with support from Cyndi Chow and Yip Huen Weng. Chow acted for St John Ambulans Malaysia in a trade mark infringement case; TOTO is an additional client.

Active across a range of IP matters, including licensing and franchising as well as trade marks, copyrights and patents, Miranda & Samuel's department is strong in disputes, and counts Ranbaxy, ZMW International and DuPont Malaysia as clients. George Miranda, Nor Athirah and Rubachandran A/L Govindasamy are the names to note.

Brian Lew heads the team at Naqiz & Partners, which has IP experience in sectors including telecoms, media, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and handles licensing and franchising as well as patents, trade marks and copyrights. Associate Imaduddin Suhaimi is an IP specialist.

Though it also handles commercial litigation and conveyancing, RamRais & Partners is best known for its IP capabilities, where it is deeply experienced on the transactional, commercial and contentious fronts. Managing partner Caroline Francis and litigator Shashila Weladavi Acharige are the names to note.

Known mostly for handling IP work with a transactional or commercial element, Zain & Co's practice is part of the firm's corporate department, and tends to focus on non-contentious work. Group head Salwah Abdul Shukor advised Sakinah Productions and Let The Change Be, two of Cat Stevens' music publishing group of companies, on protecting its IP portfolio in different jurisdictions, and on negotiating IP-related agreements. He also assisted EcoLoo with filing its patents and industrial designs. Associate Aaron Ong joined from Rahmat Lim & Partners.

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