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    MALAYSIAN BIOTECHNOLOGY CORPORATION SDN BHD (Company No. 691431-D)

    PATENT REGISTRATION PROCEDURE IN MALAYSIA

    10 JULY 2009

    AUTHOR:

    SUMAH RAMACHANDRAN

    Please note that the information contained herein is intended to be used for guidance and knowledge only. Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the contents at

    the time this Guidance Paper is issued, inaccuracies may exist due to several reasons including changes in circumstances and/or amendments brought about due to a change in the policy (s) or

    prevailing rules or regulations.

    BiotechCorp does not hold out, warrant or guarantee that reliance on the information contained herein will result in the granting or approval of the matters applied for. BiotechCorp welcomes feedback and comments on this document. Feedback and comments can be sent to info@biotechcorp.com.my

    and by stating clearly in the subject line the document title and document Reference No.

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGES

    1. OBJECTIVES................................................................................................................ 4

    2. INTRODUCTION: BASIC FACTS................................................................................ 4

    2.1 Definition of patent....................................................................................... 4 2.2 The need to register a patent....................................................................... 4 2.3 Legislation governing patent protection....................................................... 4

    3. PATENTABILITY REQUIREMENTS........................................................................... 4-5 3.1 Eligibility criteria for patentable inventions................................................... 4

    3.2 Non-patentable inventions........................................................................... 4

    4. PRE-APPLICATION STAGE........................................................................................ 5-7 4.1 Ascertaining patentability............................................................................. 5

    4.2 Meaning of prior art...................................................................................... 5 4.3 Prior art search............................................................................................. 5 4.4 Conducting a search.................................................................................... 6 4.5 Patent search resources.............................................................................. 6

    5. APPLICATION PROCEDURE....................................................................................... 7-8 5.1 Eligibility of applicant.................................................................................... 7 5.2 Governing body............................................................................................ 7 5.3 Information and documents required........................................................... 7 5.4 Appointment of patent agent........................................................................ 8

    6. OUTLINE OF A PATENT SPECIFICATION................................................................ 9-10

    6.1 Meaning of patent specification.................................................................... 9 6.2 Layout of a patent specification.................................................................... 9

    7. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF MALAYSIA............................... 10-13

    7.1 Role of the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia............................ 10 7.2 Services of MYIPO....................................................................................... 11 7.3 Location and contact details......................................................................... 12 7.4 Business hours............................................................................................. 13

    8. STAGES OF PROSECUTION OF APPLICATION....................................................... 13-14 8.1 Filing of application...................................................................................... 13 8.2 Preliminary examination............................................................................... 13 8.3 Public inspection.......................................................................................... 13 8.4 Substantive examination.............................................................................. 14 8.5 Registration.................................................................................................. 14

    9. DURATION OF PROTECTION..................................................................................... 16 9.1 Duration of patent......................................................................................... 16 9.2 Expiry of patent............................................................................................ 16

    10. ENFORCEMENT........................................................................................................... 16 10.1 Remedy for infringement.............................................................................. 16

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    10.2 Territorial rights............................................................................................ 16

    11. PATENT PROTECTION ABROAD.............................................................................. 16-19 11.1 The need to patent abroad........................................................................... 16 11.2 Avenues for patenting abroad...................................................................... 16 11.3 Patent Cooperation Treaty........................................................................... 17

    12. APPENDIX.................................................................................................................... 20-40 12.1 Appendix I Schedule of Forms and Fees.................................................. 21 12.2 Appendix II - Sample of Patent Specification............................................... 26 12.3 Appendix III - List of Registered Patent Agents in Malaysia........................ 33 12.4 Appendix IV - Location Maps of Offices of MyIPO...................................... 38

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    1. OBJECTIVES

    The objective of this paper is to provide a guide on the patent registration procedure in Malaysia. This paper outlines the basic requirements and the different stages involved in the filing and prosecution of a Malaysian patent application.

    2. INTRODUCTION: BASIC FACTS 2.1 Definition of patent

    What is a patent? A patent is a grant issued to the owner of an invention which gives him exclusive rights to exploit and control the patented invention for a limited period of time, in return for the disclosure of his invention.

    2.2 The need to register a patent

    Must a patent be registered? A patent must be registered in order to acquire monopoly rights to exploit the invention.

    2.3 Legislation governing patent protection

    Which Malaysian legislation governs patent protection? Patents are governed by the following:- i. The Patents Act 1983 ii. The Patents Regulations 1986

    3. PATENTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

    3.1 Eligibility criteria for patentable inventions

    What are the criteria for an invention to qualify for a patent? An invention is patentable if it:- i. is new or novel - this means that the invention has not been publicly

    disclosed (made known to the public) in any form, anywhere in the world;

    ii. involves an inventive step - this means that the invention must not be obvious to someone with knowledge and experience in the technological field of invention;

    iii. is industrially applicable - this means that the invention is capable of being made or used in any industry; and

    iv. does not fall within the scope of non-patentable inventions as stipulated by Malaysian patent law (please refer to Section 3.2 below for further information).

    3.2 Non-patentable inventions

    Which inventions are not patentable? In Malaysia, the following inventions are not patentable:-

    i. discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods; ii. plant or animal varieties or essentially biological processes for the

    production of plants or animals not including man-made living micro-organisms, micro-biological processes and products thereof;