Tay & Partners

Established on 1 November 1989, Tay & Partners has grown exponentially to become one of the leading law firms in Malaysia. The firm’s comprehensive services cover the needs of IP and technology owners. It has built its reputation by presenting clients with innovative and practical solutions. At Tay & Partners, we make it our priority to set high standards. Clients refer to us as their ‘strategic partner’ – a reliable and trustworthy ally to their business. We are known as a “dynamic firm with a strong IP practice”.

A full-service IP law firm, we cover all of our clients’ IP needs, including:

  • registration of trademarks, geographical indications, patents and industrial designs;
  • brand protection (anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting);
  • IP dispute resolution;
  • transactional intellectual property;
  • franchising;
  • copyright and new media;
  • data protection;
  • information technology, communications and multimedia;
  • domain names;
  • telecommunications;
  • life sciences; and
  • food, drugs and medical devices (regulatory approvals).

Patent, industrial design and trademark prosecution and registration

If something is worth copying, it is worth protecting, and protection often starts with registration. We recognise that effective protection of clients’ IP rights means more than just obtaining registration or grant of a patent, industrial design or trademark. We consider at every stage how to advance clients’ interests by developing a less expensive or more effective protection structure, or by taking an entirely different approach. We take pride in our innovative ability, which has enabled us to devise the optimum strategies to secure protection for clients in Malaysia and elsewhere.


Whether through civil or criminal provisions, we have a stellar reputation in enforcing IP rights on behalf of clients from a wide array of industries. The firm has intimate knowledge of the intricacies and workings of the law and local enforcement agencies, as well as extensive experience refined through the years and supported by an exclusive intelligence network. We have built a solid reputation for our ability to strategise effectively and structure and implement actions to enforce clients’ IP rights, achieving the desired results while meeting their cost expectations.

IP litigation and dispute resolution

The firm’s IP litigation and dispute resolution team is among the elite in this field. We have acted in landmark IP cases and have a proven record of effective representation across the entire spectrum of IP litigation and dispute resolution, including infringement actions, passing off and unfair competition, invalidation and rectification, domain name disputes, licensing disputes, breach of contracts involving IP rights, confidential information and trade secrets.


We are a leading adviser on franchising and commercial issues and have particular expertise in advising businesses on the use of franchising as a tool for strategic growth and expansion. We work closely with our clients on their expansion plans and strategies, both locally and internationally, covering franchising, licensing, multi-channel strategies, distribution and agency. Our partners are regular authors of articles and one partner recently contributed to the Malaysia chapter of The Franchise Law Review (fifth edition) published by Law Business Research Ltd.

Copyright protection

The firm is one of the leading multimedia, entertainment and copyright law practices in Malaysia. Whether measured in terms of the quality and range of clients or by the complex and precedent-setting copyright transactions and disputes handled, we consistently emerge in the top tier. The firm’s detailed understanding and knowledge have enabled it to work effectively, producing results which often surpass clients’ expectations despite the constantly changing landscape of intellectual property and technology-driven businesses.


Working languages include English, Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) and Chinese.

Clients say

“A truly outstanding IP offering... A pleasure to work with.”

Contact details

Tay & Partners
6th Floor Plaza See Hoy Chan
Jalan Raja Chulan
Kuala Lumpur 50200

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Johor Bahru

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