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Feb 21, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 3/12)
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Industrial Design Regulation Updated

The Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation (MyIPO) has introduced some changes to the Industrial Design Regulations, effective on February 15, 2012.

Changes are:
1) Electronic filing of design applications and other documents throughout the prosecution of a design application with MyIPO are allowed. A document which is electronically filed is deemed to be effected at the time the document is accepted by the electronic filing system.
2) Increase of official fees, ranging between 30-50% for all stages of the prosecution process.
3) One copy of the representation of the design is now needed for the filing process. Previously 6 copies were needed.
4) While previously a Power of Attorney (Form ID 10) was needed for each individual application, a Letter of Authority has been introduced now, which will allow the agent to sign the foirm ID 10 for a number of design applications. The Letter of Authority will be needed at the filing stage to secure the finling date and application number. If the original letter cannot be obtained in sufficient time, a copy of the letter will be accepted by MyIPO, with the condition that the original will soon follow.

Source: KASS International Sdn Bhd, Malaysia