Trans-Pacific Partnership and Intellectual Property: 4 Things You Should Know

TPP and IP

This is a guest post by Chua Sher Hann.

With our social media feed flooded with so much anti Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) literature attacking this contentious trade agreement in recent months, it can be extremely tempting to jump onto the anti-TPP bandwagon. The most highly contested component of the TPP is no doubt its intellectual property chapter. But how will this highly debated chapter affect the intellectual property protection regime in Malaysia?

Before we proceed, it should be highlighted that while some legislative changes are anticipated following Malaysia’s ratification of the TPP on 28 January 2016, many of the provisions of the intellectual property chapter of the TPP are consistent with the existing intellectual property legislative framework in Malaysia.

The four major legislative implications are as follows:

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How to register your Intellectual Property for FREE!

This is the first guest post (which should be the first of many!) by IP legal expert Esther Wee.

IPR funding

Good news! To all those out there who are looking for funding specifically to apply for Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), your prayers and wishes have just come true!

As part of their ongoing efforts to increase IP awareness and registration in Malaysia, the Intellectual Property Corporation Malaysia (MyIPO) has recently set aside some funds to help and encourage the public to register their IPRs. For successful applicants, MyIPO will cover the set of official fees for the registration and as for patents, MyIPO will even cover the fees of the appointed patent agent.

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Submissions open for the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono 2016

Submissions are open for the 3rd edition of the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono, the world’s leading global pro bono survey.

With the rapid spread of pro bono beyond traditional strongholds such as the US, Australia, South Africa and the UK, there is growing demand for an international platform that maps trends in pro bono and tracks the level of pro bono engagement across the globe.

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Appearance on Bloomberg TV: Suits meets The Newsroom

Bloomberg Malaysia came across my earlier TML post on the Companies Bill and invited me on their show  to have a short chat. I was a bit nervous leading up to it, with it being my first TV interview. But I am glad I got to share my views on the new Bill.

I spoke about how the new laws would transform the corporate landscape, spur entrepreneurship and also strengthen corporate governance.


That whole experience felt a bit like Suits meets The Newsroom. A lawyer getting a small glimpse into the inner workings of a news studio.


Bloomberg has also uploaded the clip on their YouTube channel and you can view it below.

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The Malaysian Lawyer Wins at ALB Malaysia Awards – Malaysia’s Legal Oscars

ALB MLA 2016 hi-res

On 7 April 2016, The Malaysian Lawyers, Marcus van Geyzel and Lee Shih, attended the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2017 held at Intercontinental Hotel. In its third year, these awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the Malaysian legal sector, giving recognition to the work done by the lawyers from private practice and as in-house lawyers.

Leena of Thomson Reuters, Eddie Law of eLawyer, Lee Shih, Raymond Mah of Mah Weng Kwai & Associates, Amer of AmerBON, Esther Wee of Ismail Sabri Wee & Wong, and Marcus

Marcus clinched the Rising Law Firm of the Year on behalf  of Peter Ling van Geyzel, a prize awarded to a firm established between 2012 to 2014. Lee Shih’s firm, Skrine, also walked away with 5 awards including the Arbitration Law Firm of the Year and Aviation Law Firm of the Year.

Marcus receiving the Rising Law Firm of the Year
Marcus receiving the award for Rising Law Firm of the Year

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