Malaysia

According to the World Economic Forum, Malaysia is the second most competitive Southeast Asian economy while the World Bank ranks it as the 12th easiest economy globally in which to do business. With Patent Prosecution Highway arrangements for Japan, China and the European Union in place, practitioners report that filings numbers are holding steady.

Firms: litigation

  • Shearn Delamore & Co
  • Skrine 
  • Wong & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International)
  • Shook Lin & Bok LLP
  • Tay & Partners
  • Wong Jin Nee & Teo
  • ZICO Law

Firms: prosecution

  • Highly recommended
  • Henry Goh & Co Sdn Bhd 
  • Marks & Clerk
  • Wong & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International)
  • Recommended
  • Adastra Intellectual Property Sdn Bhd
  • Adipven Sdn Bhd
  • Advanz Fidelis IP Sdn Bhd 
  • KASS International
  • Mirandah Asia
  • Pintas IP Group
  • Rahmat Lim & Partners
  • Shearn Delamore & Co
  • Skrine 
  • Tay & Partners
  • TEE IP SDN BHD
  • ZICO Law

Adastra Intellectual Property Sdn Bhd

Adastra Intellectual Property inspires its diverse base of private and public clients with its “highly professional and reliable advice and services”. The newly ranked agency is the darling of local entities – especially universities and research institutions – which rely on its wide-ranging technical capabilities from biotech, chemistry through to engineering. Managing director Mohan K is a 19-year experienced prosecution whizz with deep expertise in acquiring patent rights for inventions in the information, communications and technology space.

Adipven Sdn Bhd

Adipven is an ISO9001:2005 qualified, Kuala Lumpur agency focusing on chemistry, biotech and genetics. One special feature is that an attorney is assigned to handle each client’s total IP needs, thereby ensuring a holistic understanding of every facet of the client’s business. On top of the slick operation of its patents team, Adipven champions corporate social responsibility with a strong emphasis on environmental issues. Trained in applied chemistry, managing director Ramakrishna Damodharan is a name for the contact book.

Advanz Fidelis IP Sdn Bhd 

“The highly dedicated team at Advanz Fidelis’s constant availability, fast responsiveness and excellent communications skills are a boon to inventors who need speedy turnaround and proactive suggestions to maximise the value of their inventions. It distinguishes itself from others also with its ‘can-do’ attitude.” The side’s success has much to do with the stewardship of CEO and lead consultant Jern Ern Chuah, whose deep expertise in the law and IP asset management impresses private and public entities alike. Debbie David helms the patents department with technical excellence, as well as excellent client skills and infectious enthusiasm. David has a background in computing, while biotech buff Andrew Yee is the agency’s division head of patents.

Henry Goh & Co Sdn Bhd 

Few would dispute Henry Goh’s dominant position among Malaysian IP agencies; recently it has been on the receiving end of increased interest in its infringement analyses and expert opinions. Armed with a degree in microbiology and an LLM, Yen Yen Oon is a highly sought-after patent manager among biotech and chemistry clients. With in-house and private practice experience in the United Kingdom and Germany, Dave A Wyatt is perennially attuned to the needs of international corporates and global patent trends; his chosen field is electronic and electrical engineering. In mechanical engineering, Alvin Boey has an especial focus on agricultural machinery and plant electromechanical devices, water and wastewater treatment and medical devices. Design manager and senior patent agent Jason Cheah is the right choice for mechanical and internet-related inventions.

KASS International

Regional player KASS International maintains offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar and is renowned for its “responsive and excellent service” enabled by its diverse team of patent advisers led by the 33-year experienced P Kandiah; he is a pioneer in Malaysian intellectual property, focusing on chemical and mechanical briefs.

Marks & Clerk

Marks & Clerk’s Kuala Lumpur outpost is part of a highly ranked, multi-jurisdictional team. In the 11th year since its inception, the Malaysian office continues to serve leading life sciences, IT and electronics patrons with verve. Chris Hemingway garners extensive recognition from peers and clients for his “deep knowledge and robust drafting and prosecution skills”. Armed with a PhD in microbiology, he is one of, if not the most qualified biotech patent experts in Malaysia. Through his eponymous law firm, 20-year experienced litigator Gerald Samuel fulfils the contentious and transactional needs of Marks & Clerk clients.

Mirandah Asia

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Mirandah Asia is a one-stop shop for India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with offices in five member states. In Malaysia, it serves a distinguished client list of multinational companies and local research institutes. Trained in mechanical engineering, Patrick Mirandah is founder and CEO.

Pintas IP Group

Pintas has a team of five patent attorneys qualified in Malaysia, the United Kingdom, European Union and the United States proffering 360-degree patent advice and services. Apart from portfolio management, Pintas has carved out a niche in IP commercialisation with CEO Choon Hong Lok who is steeped in the angel investment scene.

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Pauline Khor runs a lean IP team out of Rahmat Lim & Partners, the Malaysian associate firm of Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill. In addition to managing the IP portfolios for a dozen international household names, its commercialisation and licensing activities for Sime Darby Plantation, which involve competition law implications, is a fitting demonstration of Khor’s legal versatility.

Shearn Delamore & Co

Shearn Delamore & Co is an imposing presence on the Malaysian IP scene with a line-up of eight IP partners. In relation to patents, Timothy Siaw is a 25-year experienced patent litigator with specialisms in life sciences and FinTech. Biochemistry maven Zaraihan Shaari is well versed in the patent and regulatory issues of a wide breadth of industry sectors from chemicals to cosmetics through to medical devices. Alongside Indran Shanmuganathan, he recently secured a landmark Federal Court judgment in favour of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp in relation to the assessment of dependent and independent claims.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

The IP, IT and licensing department at full-service Shook Lin & Bok is best known for its litigation practice thanks to the assured leadership of Michael Soo. Managing partner of the firm, Soo is a three-decades experienced litigator for infringement and passing-off proceedings. His presidentship of the Malaysia country group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association illustrates the immense respect he commands in the Malaysian IP community.

Skrine 

“Outstanding work quality, responsiveness, reasonable costs and seamless communications” is Skrine’s recipe for success as a patent practice. Head of the IP practice and TMT department, Charmayne Ong Poh Yin is a diligent portfolio manager with a percipient understanding of the commercial and legal dynamics at play in different industries. Guan Huat Khoo heads up the contentious practice; he recently teamed up with Pei Yee Kuek to act for F Hoffmann La-Roche and Roche Malaysia in a patent infringement dispute against Celltrion Malaysia – the pair succeeded in obtaining an interlocutory injunction on an ex parte basis.

Tay & Partners

Tay & Partners is a well-balanced outfit offering clients a results-oriented approach to patent problems. Recently, it successfully brought several computer software patent applications to grant for a Chinese telecommunications company, while on the contentious front, Lee Lin Li has been representing Kingtime International in a patent infringement dispute against PETRONAS Carigali, as well as Celltrion Malaysia against Roche.

TEE IP SDN BHD

The ambitious TEE IP has made a name for itself 10 years since its foundation, not least due to its “professionalism, excellent track record and efficiency”. Recently it welcomed a PhD-qualified patent attorney into the team. CEO Lin Yik Tee is a MyIPO veteran, with an extensive network of international contacts.

Wong & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International)

The Baker McKenzie local firm in Malaysia covers the contentious and non-contentious patent practice with two exceptional professionals – Kimberly Liam and Kherk Ying Chew. Liam has extensive experience with patent prosecution in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and is the portfolio manager for a stable of multinational companies. Head of intellectual property, Chew is one of the best IP litigators in the country; she also chairs Baker McKenzie’s diversity & inclusion committee.

Wong Jin Nee & Teo

A household name on the Malaysian IP scene, Wong Jin Nee & Teo is most renowned for its disputes practice. Founding partner Bong Kwang Teo has been honing his contentious craft for over 30 years; he also authored and edited several legal textbooks. Jin Nee Wong sits on the non-contentious side as a diligent portfolio manager adept at maximising the value of intellectual property via commercialisation and transactions.

ZICO Law

ZICO Law recently saw a marked uptick in the number of instructions from Chinese companies. Hanergy Group of Companies, for example, is one of the patrons from China and other countries attracted by the firm’s ASEAN-wide offering. Linda Wang is an all-round adviser for interested parties. With over 25 years of experience across IP and technology laws, she heads up the practice with poise.

Other recommended experts

Cindy Goh Joo Seong of Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff is an IP and commercial litigation sage with valuable arbitration experience. Brian Law and Suaran Singh Sidhu are the patent team at LAW Partnership, an Eversheds Sutherland relationship firm in Malaysia. Sreenevasan Advocates & Solicitors’ Ambiga Sreenevasan is a human rights advocate and lawyer with a wealth of experience in IP litigation.

Individuals: litigation

  • Kherk Ying Chew - Wong & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International)
  • Guan Huat Khoo - Skrine
  • Timothy Siaw - Shearn Delamore & Co
  • Michael Soo - Shook Lin & Bok LLP
  • Cindy Goh Joo Seong - Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff
  • Pauline Khor - Rahmat Lim & Partners
  • Pei Yee Kuek - Skrine
  • Lee Lin Li - Tay & Partners
  • Gerald Samuel - Marks & Clerk
  • Suaran Singh Sidhu - LAW Partnership
  • Ambiga Sreenevasan - Sreenevasan Advocates & Solicitors
  • Bong Kwang Teo - Wong Jin Nee & Teo
  • Linda CL Wang - ZICO Law

Individuals: prosecution