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The largest patent filing practice in town, Henry Goh & Co Sdn Bhd lays claim to the highest number of ranked individuals in the Malaysia chapter. Acknowledged by peers as “established IP specialists” who are “very good in what they do”, the patent prosecution powerhouse is often called upon by local law firms for its expert patent opinions, while clients increasingly seek it out for advice on contentious matters. Operating seamlessly across Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, the firm drafts and prosecutes patents for a predominantly foreign clientele, holding steady with a significant market share despite the covid-19 pandemic. It recently added two newly registered patent agents to make a total of 13 in its ranks. Backed by in-house and private practice experience in London and Munich, Dave Wyatt is a regular patent attorney expert witness in Malaysian courts. Patent supervisor Yen Yen Oon excels in the microbiology space, while electronic and electrical engineer Jason Cheah captains the industrial designs group. No stranger to drafting patent specifications, Alvin Boey specialises in mechanical engineering.
Alvin Boey graduated in 2004 with an honours degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Monash, Australia. He was involved in the research, development and implementation of heavy machineries at a major manufacturing company in Malaysia before deciding to pursue a career in intellectual property.
Mr Boey joined the firm in 2006 and qualified as a registered patent agent, trademark and industrial design agent in 2008. His work involves advising local and foreign clients on IP protection, conducting searches and the drafting and prosecution of applications for patents and industrial designs. His patent drafting experience includes inventions in the fields of electromechanical devices, agricultural machinery and plant, water and wastewater treatment, and medical devices. His experience as a mechanical engineer has provided invaluable technical knowledge in assisting clients in their IP needs related specifically to mechanical inventions.
In addition to his extensive prosecution work, Mr Boey has conducted numerous freedom-to-operate searches and provided infringement and validity opinions. He has appeared before the Kuala Lumpur High Court as an expert witness.
Mr Boey also serves as a business development strategist at Henry Goh. His role includes identifying, analysing, and strategising with a focus on the implementation and execution of the firm’s strategic plans. Mr Boey is a savvy content creator and puts his creativity to good use for the benefit of the firm’s marketing and advertising activities.
Mr Boey is a member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Founded in 1977, Henry Goh & Co is a pioneer, trailblazer and market leader in IP protection in Malaysia. Our expertise spans the complete range of IP solutions with regard to patent, trademark, industrial design and copyright matters in various jurisdictions, especially Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
Our multilingual team of professionals with diverse backgrounds in law, engineering, biotechnology, information technology, sciences and other fields has successfully steered a wide spectrum of clients, from small-medium businesses to multinationals, through various complex IP issues.
The potent combination of legal, technical and business experience coupled with in-depth knowledge of relevant local, regional and international laws governing IP practice provides our team with a unique platform to advise clients from inception through to the commercialisation of their IP assets. Our IP professionals have also received global recognition as IP powerhouses and thought leaders in their respective areas of speciality.
Although the world’s patent systems were designed for the industrial age, they have evolved and the patenting of inventions remains just as relevant today. Effective drafting, prosecution and exploitation of patents call for a sound aptitude for technology, in-depth knowledge of the applicable law and practice, and excellent communication skills. Henry Goh’s registered patent agents have the necessary technical, legal and linguistic prowess to secure and enhance the business value of patent protection for inventions in many diverse technologies. Their local knowledge, expertise and resources make the firm the natural choice for patent prosecution in Malaysia and Singapore.
In today’s competitive markets, standing out from the crowd has never been more important. A trademark or service mark is the key link between providers of goods or services and their customers. Henry Goh dedicates a large specialist team to handling delicate matters arising in the area of trademark and service mark registration. Its services include pre-filing registrability advice, filing and prosecution, renewals, maintenance and advice on exploitation and enforcement. In addition, its specialist team is fully capable of undertaking high-end prosecution work, including hearings and oppositions before the registrar. Its expertise and great rapport with the local trademark office make it the ideal firm for trademark filings in Malaysia and Singapore. Henry Goh can also file trademark and service mark applications in any country worldwide through its network of foreign associates, as well as international applications via the Madrid Protocol.
Industrial designs have acquired much greater significance in recent times. As consumers increasingly take the technical functions of goods for granted, design often becomes the decisive factor in a purchase. Henry Goh routinely assists clients in securing industrial design registrations both at home and abroad. Such a practice demands a sound understanding of both international and local laws covering industrial designs. The firm can assist clients with the necessary actions in the event that their registered industrial designs are infringed by third parties.
In the copyright sphere, Henry Goh’s services extend to filing notifications and advisory work. Malaysia, like many other Berne Convention countries, does not require formal registration of copyright. Nonetheless, for more tangible protection, clients are advised to take advantage of the voluntary notification system that has been available in Malaysia since June 2012. Clients can assert ownership and deposit their copyrighted works with MyIPO in exchange for a certificate issued as confirmation. Such prima facie evidence of a copyright claim strengthens the owner’s position in the event of a dispute. The firm is experienced in handling copyright issues in all major fields of creative endeavour.
In addition to the conventional IP services, Henry Goh offers other IP-related services, including pre-litigation support, product registration and plant variety protection. With these value-added services, the firm provides a comprehensive one-stop IP centre for business and commercial needs.
The Brunei Patents Order 2011 came into force on 1 January 2012. The order establishes an independent patent system for the receipt, processing and grant of patents. Brunei Darussalam also joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty on 24 July 2012. With effect from June 2013, the Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) now receives and processes all applications for patents, trademarks and industrial designs. Henry Goh can directly handle the filing and prosecution of patent, trademark and industrial design applications before BruIPO.