Malaysia Trademark Application
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    Trademarks are protected in Malaysia by the Trade Marks Act 1976 and by the Common law doctrine of passing off.

    The protection by passing off alone is the last resort. Enforcement by way of passing off entails copious proof of establishment of goodwill. Unregistered mark also leaves the trademark register wide open for third party to register an identical or similar mark to it.

    Foreign company or individual can apply to register their marks in Malaysia without nationality restriction or residency requirement.

    Trademark application in Malaysia can be based on intent to use basis. No proof of use is required for the issuance of the trademark certificate or for renewal.



Our fee is HK$6,800 per mark per class from application to forwarding of certificate. The fee is inclusive of both the official filing fee, official registration fee and our professional fee. In the event of the application not approved for publication, half the fee will be refunded.

For Hong Kong applicant, the signing of power of attorney before a HK notary public need to add HK$1,000 to HK$2,000 per mark for any classes applied in the same batch.

Unless the application encounters objection, suggested amendment or opposition, there will not be any extra-charge. The chance of objection or opposition can be reduced by (1) choosing an invented word as the mark, or adding a distinctive logo to the mark, and (2) having a search conducted before application to find out whether the mark is identical or similar to any existing registered mark or prior application.

In the event of any complication such as objection or suggested amendment by the examiner or opposition by third party, the client has the choice of (1) continue to pursue for registration at additional fee according to the complication, or (2) abandon the pending application and have half the fee refunded. In the event of any opposition by third party, the applicant or the opponent who abandons or loses may be required to pay the reasonable fees of the other side.



Prior to filing, the chance of success can assessed by having a search at the fee of HK$1,000 per mark per class. Search is optional at the choice of the client.

If the client’s mark consists of simple logo or common words found in dictionary, search is usually recommended. On the other hand, if the client’s mark is an invented word, or a complex logo, then the client may take a chance to file the application without search.



Malaysia trademark application usually takes 12 to 24 months to complete.

Upon registration, a registered trademark is first valid for 10 years and is renewable indefinitely for further periods of 10 years each by paying the renewal fee.

For details on renewing registered trademark, please refer to Malaysia Trademark Renewal .


Classification of Goods

Malaysia adopts the Nice Classification of Goods and Services. Specification (ie. description of goods and services) can either base on actual use or an honest intention to use the mark in Malaysia.

All types of goods and services on which the mark is currently used or honestly intended to be used should be listed as broadly as possible in the specification to cover the class or product category applying for in one exercise, since the specification can only be narrowed and not extended after filing.

Upon registration, the scope of the exclusive right granted by the registration is limited by the ambit of the specified goods and services. .


Convention Priority

If the client has filed an application in another WTO or Paris Convention country within the last half year, then there is a choice of treating the effective filing date in Malaysia to be the same as the date of the earlier application.

Priority claim is usually made when the Malaysia application is part of a coordinated world-wide filing exercise, or when a search reveals that a recent application of a third party may be surpassed by the priority claim, or if the client is concerned about possible competing third party application in Malaysia at around the same time.


Details Required

1. Applicant’s full name and address.
2. Authorised signatory’s full name, passport number and job title. 
3. Description of goods and services.
4. Logo or stylized mark in .jpg format.
5. Statutory declaration of ownership of the mark.
6. Form of authorisation.           




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