Malaysia has been a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property since January 1, 1989. The International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purpose of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement (10th edition) is followed in Malaysia. Trade Marks protection in Malaysia is governed by the Trade Marks Act 1976 and the Trade Marks Regulation 1997. Multiple class application is not allowed in Malaysia. A separate application has to be filed with respect to each class of goods or services. Once a trademark application is filed, it is examined as to its registrability. Trademark applications accepted by the Registrar are published in the Trademark Gazette. Any interested party may file a notice of opposition to the registration of the mark within 60 days from the date of any publication. In the absence of opposition, a trademark is registered and the relative certificate of registration is issued which would last for ten (10) years from the date of filing. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years as of the date of filing the application renewable for similar periods. The renewal fees of a trademark registration can be paid during the final year of the protection period.

Registrable Trademarks;

  • Name of individual, company, or firm presented in a special or particular manner
  • Signatures
  • Invented words
  • Distinctive marks

Non-Registrable Trademarks;

  • Directly descriptive of good services, or quality
  • Against public morality or national security
  • Geographical name
  • Causes confusion to the public


10 years from the date of filing. Renew every 10 years.


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