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IAN IP has a 90% proven high success rate in assisting clients to achieve worldwide successful intellectual property registrations, whereby our clients’ success translates as our success too.

At IAN IP, we have always been a close and confidential listener and made it a point to listen closely and understand fully our clients' needs, before we offer advice which is both honest and reliable. Our clients love this level of responsiveness and have held our company in high regard for our services.

At IAN IP, each individual client is unique and hence, we specialised in providing tailored and personalised approach for each individual client as we recognise that every client is different. Our experienced professionals are ever ready to listen and provide you with the right advice for your intellectual property assets.

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    CopyrightTrademarkIndustrial DesignPatentTrade SecretUtility Innovation

    A Brief Guide of Your IP Assets

    Trademark

    A trademark is a sign that distinguishes your goods and services from that of other traders. A sign includes any letter, word, name, signature, numeral, device, brand, heading, label, ticket, shape of good or their packaging, colour, sound, scent, hologram, positioning, sequence of motion or any combination thereof.

    Why is it so important to register your trademark? Here’s why:

    • Source of Origin – A trademark helps to identify the source and origin of the products and services trading in the market for quality assuring purposes.
    • Assist Your Customers – A trademark assists consumers to choose your goods and services and immediately identify who they are dealing with. Customers will know the reputation of your business and if it is good, they are less likely to look for alternatives present in the market.
    • Create Brand Recognition – Trademark play a significant role in promoting your goods and services, making them distinctive in terms of their competitors and prevent them from copying or stealing your brand.
    • Trademark is for life – A trademark is permanent, with a need only for periodic renewal every 10 years.

    Copyright

    Copyright is a type of intellectual property that gives an owner exclusive rights in relation to their created works which include literary works, artistic works, musical works, films, sound recordings and broadcasts.

    Copyright law entitles the owner of the copyright to control any actions in relation to their created work for a certain number of years.

    There is no mandatory requirement to register a copyright as a copyright work is protected automatically once it is completed. Although copyright is a non-registrable right in Malaysia and enjoys automatic protection, copyright owners find it difficult to prove their ownership when disputes arise. This can be overcome by filing a Voluntary Notification at the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO).

    Industrial Design

    An industrial design refers to features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article by any industrial process which in the finished article appeals to the eye and is judged by the eye. One important requirement to fulfil to register your industrial design is that it must be new. 

    It is important to register your industrial design because only the owner of a registered design has the exclusive right to make, import, sell or hire out any article to which the design has been applied.

    A registered industrial design is given an initial protection period of 5 years from the date of filing. Thereafter, 2 further consecutive terms of 5 years will be granted  upon payment of extension fee. 

    Patent

    A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention which provides the patent owner with the right on how and whether this invention can be used by others. The primary benefit of a patent is the right to stop your competitors from selling the same product.

    Generally, your invention is patentable if it is globally new, involves an inventive step (non-obvious) and is industrially applicable. Once a patent is issued, it is enforceable for 20 years from the initial filing of the application that resulted in the patent.

    Why is it so important to register your patent? Here’s why:

    • Protect against Copying – A registered patent prevents rivals from copying your invention and claiming it as theirs.
    • Losing the chance to own your patent – If you don’t patent your invention, someone will copy it and enter the market with your product. Your invention would be out in the public and no longer be considered a new invention. If this happens, all your efforts and money will be wasted.
    • Attract Investors to Your Company – Patents may attracts potential investors to your company, which may not only protect your investments in Research and Development, but also provide alternative income by licensing your patent to others.

    Utility Innovation

    Also known as mini patent, utility innovation refers to any innovation which creates a new product or process, or any new improvement of a known product or process.

    The requirements to obtain a certificate of utility innovation are less stringent than the requirements needed for patent, which are as follows:

    1. Novel – The invention must be new and not used or disclosed before anywhere in the world.
    2. Industrially applicable – The invention can be made or used in the relevant industry.

    You may note that the criterion of inventiveness is not necessary for the registration of utility innovation.

    The protection duration of a utility innovation is initially 10 years from the date of filing of utility innovation application and extendable for another two successive periods of 5 years each.

    Trade Secret

    A trade secret is any confidential information that provides an enterprise a competitive edge may be considered a trade secret. Since it is not mandatory to obtain a patent to protect an invention, the inventor may choose to keep the details secret. For example, the famous brand Coca-Cola has made a choice to brand the recipe as a trade secret instead of patenting the recipe, which would have led to the disclose of the ingredients used in making Coca-Cola.

    Trade secrets also includes manufacturing or industrial secrets and commercial secrets. The unauthorised use of such information by persons other than the holder or invention is regarded as unfair practice and a violation of the trade secret.

    Why Choose IAN IP?

    High 90% Success Rate

    IAN IP has a 90% proven high success rate in assisting clients to achieve worldwide successful intellectual property registrations, whereby our clients’ success translates as our success too.

    Precise & Concise

    IAN IP provides precise and concise communication and solutions catered towards each of our clients’ individual goals and setbacks to ensure a smooth and successful registration of their intellectual property assets.

    At IAN IP, we have always been a close and confidential listener and made it a point to listen closely and understand fully our clients’ needs, before we offer advice which is both honest and reliable. Our clients love this level of responsiveness and have held our company in high regard for our services.

    One-Stop Centre

    In addition to mainly intellectual property concerns, IAN IP also provides a one stop professional centre which also addresses corporate structure concerns such as intellectual property corporate and commercial services.

    Personalised Approach

    At IAN IP, each individual client is unique and hence, we specialised in providing tailored and personalised approach for each individual client as we recognise that every client is different. 

    Our experienced professionals are ever ready to listen and provide you with the right advice for your intellectual property assets.

    Worldwide Connections

    IAN IP forges strategic partnerships with like-minded experts internationally to cover the full spectrum of Intellectual Property services to serve and provide our client better.

    Intellectual Property Applications all over the world (Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Brunei, China, Europe, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia,  Japan, Korea, Macao, New Zealand, Singapore,  United States of America, Taiwan, Middle East, Canada, South East Asia).

    IAN IP Services

    Our scope of services which encompasses trademarks, patents, copyright, industrial design, utility innovation, trade secrets and geographical indication include the following:-

    • IP pre-registration strategy proposal
    • IP registration
    • IP prosecution and enforcement
    • IP due diligence
    • IP portfolio management
    • IP forensics
    • IP dispute resolution
    • IP corporate and commercial strategy crafting
    • IP corporate and commercial agreement
    • IP valuation
    • IP commercialisation
    • IP Clinic
    • IP Watch
    • Trade secret

    Enlist to Protect Your Intellectual Assets Now


      CopyrightTrademarkIndustrial DesignPatentTrade SecretUtility Innovation

      Our experienced professionals are ever ready to listen and provide you with the right advice for your intellectual property assets.

      Our Founders

      Ian Chua

      Ian holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree from University Putra Malaysia (UPM). He has over 13 years of industry experience with hands-on involvement as a professional IP practitioner including a significant stint in one of Malaysia’s elite IP firm. Ian is a registered patent agent, trademark agent and industrial design agent specializing in IP registration and prosecution, patent drafting, IP management and due diligence, corporate strategy as well as IP worldwide advisory and registration.

      Jolene Low

      Graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from University of London, she was the recipient of Tun Hamid Omar Foundation Award for Best CLP Student in Malaysia in 2010. Admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2011, Jolene specialises in IP Litigation, banking litigation, shareholder and director disputes, land disputes as well as IP corporate matters.

      IAN IP TEAM

      Importance of Protecting Your IP Assets

      Important Revenue Stream

      In a world of rapid development, globalization, advancement of technology and increase in commercial activities, Intellectual Property assets can be your company’s intangible assets to assist in your business growth in revenue. Such assets can be financially exploited because like physical property, they can be sold, assigned and franchised, amongst many other more dealings.

      In case of a business merger or acquisition, registered and protected IP assets can increase the value of your business significantly as well.

      Full & Secure Protection

      Intellectual property can consist of many different areas, from logos and corporate identity to products, services and processes that differentiate your business offering from that of other traders. Depending on individual circumstances, you can use patent, trademark or copyright – all which cover different areas of intellectual property to prevent anyone else from utilising your ideas for their own profit without your written consent.

      Marketing & Branding

      Your Intellectual Property assets play a crucial role in your business’s marketing and branding strategy. When it comes to successful marketing, it acts as a crucial tool in creating an excellent business image to promote your brand into the market and to ensure that there is no likelihood of confusion among the public.

      Coupled with well-planned marketing and branding strategy, intellectual property assets can be seen as an investment in maintaining a company’s competitive advantage and edge in the market.

      Security & Loans

      The new Trademarks Act 2019 came into force on 27 December 2019 and recognises trademark as an asset in respect of which a security interest may attach, thus allowing a registered trademark to be assigned or to be the subject of a charge in the same way as other personal or movable property.

      It is as Easy as ABC

      IAN IP has a 90% proven high success rate in assisting clients to achieve worldwide successful intellectual property registrations, whereby our clients’ success translates as our success too.

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