Rahmat Lim & Partners
Rahmat Lim is a dynamic corporate firm with first-rate IP credentials and a commercial eye for brand-related matters. The dedicated IP and technology team manages portfolios deftly and excels in time-critical enforcement scenarios. An association with gold-tiered Singaporean firm Allen & Gledhill puts it in a prime position to handle regional IP matters. Pauline Khor
provides assured leadership to the IP team. Known for the strategic acuity of her advice and for her criminal IP enforcement expertise, she is a versatile operator who artfully straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide.
Raja, Darryl & Loh
Large full-service outfit Raja, Darryl & Loh keeps its ear to the ground when it comes to IP developments, the latest local and international trademark law, policy and practice news so that it can provide assured protection and enforcement guidance to brand owners. The monetisation of intellectual property is a particular strong suit for the squad, which maintains a “robust franchising practice”. Phye Keat Chew
is the helmsman of the firm’s IP practice. An experienced corporate lawyer, he ensures that the group’s efforts are directed to supporting their clients’ business development. He is, nonetheless, steeped in IP wisdom and is a past president of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) IP Association. The dexterous lawyer is also hailed for his competition law know-how.
RamRais & Partners
Intellectual property is a central pillar of RamRais’s broad commercial law and litigation practice. Offering virtually every trademark service under the sun, its dedicated team registers rights efficiently and economically, monetises them assiduously and enforces them vigorously. Managing partner Caroline Francis
has been in the IP game for nearly two decades. An advocate and solicitor, trademark agent and mediator, she is well prepared for absolutely any eventuality.
Shearn Delamore & Co
“Shearn Delamore has been a leader in the IP market in Malaysia for many years and is still the biggest player on the scene.” The group is renowned for its hard-hitting enforcement and litigation work; close cooperation with the government authorities nets it anti-counterfeiting success time after time, while in civil infringement litigation, clever arguments and nimble footwork have enabled it to set many precedents. Practice leader Karen Abraham
is a firm fixture in the courts and a top litigator across the country. “She can move you forward when you’re faced with the most challenging obstacles and supplements her instructive and insightful advice with a deep knowledge of regulatory frameworks.” She has an ardent following among luxury goods brands and has recently represented Hermès International, obtaining a summary judgment against a defendant unlawfully using its trademarks. Blending IP and unfair competition expertise, Indran Shanmuganathan
also shines brightly in complex court litigation and sets the right tone in alternative dispute resolution forums. The non-contentious team files directly in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei and is a great option for brand owners looking to consolidate their international portfolios in the region. Unstintingly dedicated to quality Jyeshta Mahendran
is a key contact in this regard. Anchoring a dynamic transactional practice is Janet Toh
, who makes her debut in the WTR 1000
Shook Lin & Bok LLP
Quality is the central focus at the venerable Shook Lin & Bok, a well-resourced, technologically sophisticated firm with cutting-edge expertise across 17 departments. Its IP team handles all aspects of prosecution with finesse and does not shy away from the most challenging transactional instructions. However, it is famed for its proficiency in high-stakes litigation thanks to the leadership of seasoned advocate and deputy managing partner Michael Soo
, “a household name in Malaysian intellectual property”. As testament to the high regard in which he is held, Soo is often called on for an opinion on infringement and passing-off cases in which he is not directly representing a litigation party.
“Excellent across the board in intellectual property”, SKRINE is a “top-notch Malaysian firm” which “more than deserves its gold-tier placement”. “The sizable team is continuously growing and its stellar reputation is so firmly established that it can afford to be very light on marketing.” The group has proven its mettle in trademark and IP litigations in which there is a huge amount at stake; Guan Huat Khoo
is a hotshot litigator who never loses his cool. He chairs the IP disputes practice, while Charmayne Ong Poh Yin
takes the lead on the registration side of the practice. Her granular knowledge of IT and e-commerce matters makes her a natural port of call for technology companies seeking to protect their brand rights.
The young, vigorous, “well-organised” and deeply committed team at Tay & Partners focuses all its energies on satisfying the unique needs of all of its clients and offers one of the most personalised services available on the market. Head of intellectual property Lin Li Lee
has performed flawlessly on a variety of oppositions lately and has been busy advising patrons on infringement and passing-off claims. “Responsive and commercially minded, she provides high-quality strategic guidance in a timely and cost-effective manner.” Bee Yi Lim
is another key contact for the address book; she never fails to add value in her local and international portfolio management practice by dispensing trenchant regulatory and transactional advice along the way.
Wong & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International)
Baker McKenzie member Wong & Partners hits home runs in trailblazing trademark litigations and delivers in anti-counterfeiting enforcement raids time and time again. The confidante of a slew of famous international brand names, IP manager Kherk Ying Chew
draws on an encyclopaedia of plans for fighting and resolving trademark conflicts. She continues to enhance her résumé with pioneering cases. For example, while acting for Louis Vuitton Malletier, she recently handled the first case in Malaysia in which the courts had to consider whether service of cause papers to a local trademark agent constitutes valid service on the foreign registered proprietor; she is also acting for Zhu Ge Kong Ming in a long-running dispute – the first in Malaysia to deal with the recognition of trademarks created for cultural products. Respondents refer to her as “a seasoned lawyer who gives practical advice and a business perspective”. A one-stop shop for brand owners, Wong & Partners also provides rich strategic advice to clients, whether they are streamlining their portfolios, launching new products or seeking to mitigate legal risks.
Wong Jin Nee & Teo
Compact boutique Wong Jin Nee & Teo is a formidable force in the Malaysian IP space and maintains a “well-rounded trademark practice” that runs the gamut from brand protection to enforcement and commercialisation. On top of that, the erudite team can expertly advise on consumer protection, regulatory, public policy and competition matters with confidence and poise. Key contacts include Jin Nee Wong
and Bong Kwang Teo
; both call on extremely broad expertise in order to offer clients holistic advice.
ZICO’s strong ASEAN presence makes it a compelling choice for brand owners in need of regional protection and for those that want to take advantage of the cost-efficiency that comes from having a single point of contact. Among the firm’s top IP specialists – across all its offices – is Linda Wang
, a proficient litigator and mediator who has a magic touch when it comes to complex infringement and counterfeiting cases. Another Kuala Lumpur contact for the address book is Siew Ling Su
, a mercurial all-rounder who has set several precedents in court and negotiated multiple high-value transactions. Commercial intellectual property is the forte of Boo Seng Ong
; like his colleagues, he is a versatile operator with a deft enforcement touch.