As IP protection, preservation and prosecution continue to be a priority for the government, new acts have been passed to maintain Malaysia’s ability to meet global IP rights standards. These include the Patent Regulations (Amendment) 2011 and the Trademarks Regulations (Amendment) 2011 (effective February 15 2011), and the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 (effective November 1 2011). The amendments to the parent Patents, Trademarks and Industrial Designs Acts are due to be tabled in Parliament in March 2012. The Copyright Amendment Act 2012 came into force on March 1 2012.


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