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Covid-19 (15 May 2020)

CLIENT ALERT (UPDATED): Partial Re-opening of MYIPO Operations (13 May – 9 June 2020)

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On 15 May 2020, the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) issued a notice (read here) on its operations during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) which has been extended by the Prime Minister to 9 June 2020.

We summarise the notice below:

General

  1. MyIPO’s customer service counters at their branches and headquarters will reopen to the public on 18 and 21 May 2020, respectively, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on weekdays. Visitors are no longer required to make appointments for their visits to the headquarters. However, advisory services and public search room facility will not be available during the period of the CMCO.

  2. Deadlines for responding to office actions (e.g. appeals, oppositions and payments) falling within the period of the CMCO are extended to 16 June 2020.

  3. Hearings for trademark, patent and industrial design matters during the period of the CMCO will be postponed and rescheduled.

  4. Programmes including seminars and workshops during the period of the CMCO will be postponed and rescheduled.

  5. Requests for certified true copies of documents will be unavailable.

Patents and Industrial Designs

  1. MyIPO’s IP Online Search & Filing remains operational.

  2. Filings for new PCT applications can be made via WIPO’s IP portal (see here). The guidance for creating an account can be found here.

  3. Applications that are filed manually and involve priority dates which have expired (or will expire) during the period of the CMCO may be filed by 10 June 2020.

  4. Deadlines for renewing patents and utility innovations which fall between 18 March 2020 and 15 June 2020 are extended to 16 June 2020.

  5. All renewal deadlines for industrial designs are extended to 16 June 2020.

     

Trademarks

  1. MyIPO’s IP Online Search & Filing remains operational for only new trademark applications. Specifically, applications filed via the Madrid System will be unavailable.

  2. Applications that are filed manually and involve priority dates which have expired (or will expire) during the period of the CMCO may be filed by 10 June 2020.

  3. Renewals for trademarks that have expired between 27 December 2019 and 15 June 2020 are extended to 16 June 2020.

  4. The public is also referred to the Practice Direction No. 1/2020 (see here) which came into force on 24 April 2020. The Practice Direction sets out the procedure and requirements for payments made under the old Trade Marks Act 1976 and the present Trademarks Act 2019 through bank or interbank transfer.

     

Copyrights

 

  1. Voluntary notifications of copyright will be unavailable.

Special Notice

Our Offices are Partially Re-Opening

After several weeks of being closed in the country’s joint effort to flatten the curve, we are happy to announce that our offices have partially reopened from 4 May 2020. We are grateful to be able to strengthen and provide office support to a majority of our people who continue to work from home. We are improving our adaptability to the new normal of efficient work from home whilst safeguarding the health of our people. We continue to advise and support clients in these difficult times.



Lee Lin Li
Partner
T: +603 2050 1898
linli.lee@taypartners.com.my