Malaysia Trademark Registration Guide



Malaysia is an export-driven economy spurred on by high technology and capital-intensive industries. It is one of the largest producers of electronic and electrical goods and is the world's leading exporter of palm oil.



Malaysia’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws generally conform with international standards and provide adequate protection for IPR owners. The establishment of the Intellectual Property Court in Malaysia in July 2007 bears further testimony to its commitment towards IPR protection. Malaysia's Intellectual Property regime includes both statutory and common law protection.


Overview of our services in Malaysia:

Trademark Registration and Prosecution

Trademark Search and Watch

Opposition and cancellation actions

Trademark Renewal


IP Authority

Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO)


Main Trade Mark Legislation

Trade Marks Act 175 1976  

Trade Marks (Amendment) Act 1994

Trade Marks (Amendment) Act 2000

Trade Marks (Amendment) Act 2002

Trade Marks Regulations 1997

Trade Description Act 1972

Geographical Indications Act 2000



Paris Convention

TRIPS Agreement

Nice Agreement


Multi-Class Application

Not available. A separate application is required for each class.


Series Mark Application



Approx. Time Frame of a Straightforward Application

18 to 24 months.


Opposition Period

2 months from the publication date.


Filing Requirements

Applicant’s name

Applicant’s address

Country of incorporation

Specimen of mark

Specification of goods / services

Statutory Declaration attesting to the proprietorship of the mark.

Power of Attorney


Registrable unconventional trademarks

3-Dimensional mark

Colour mark


Term of Registration

10 years from the date of application.


Non-Use Period for Cancellation

3 years


Renewal Term

10 years from the renewal date of the registration.


Border Enforcement by Customs Official



All information provided by LJ Vernus in this document is provided as a source of general information. While efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this document, it should not be treated as the basis for formulating formal decisions without professional advice.