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Intellectual Property Law in Malaysia, 2nd Edition

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Dr Tay Pek San is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya. She has 25 years of experience teaching intellectual property law and researching in that area. Her keen interest in intellectual property law inspired her to write this book to share her knowledge and to meet the many requests from her previous students for a text on Malaysian intellectual property law.


  • Analyses the legislative and judicial developments in Malaysian intellectual property law since the first edition of the book.
  • Incorporates key developments in the international protection of intellectual property.
  • Details the progress of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Cooperation.
  • Explains the trademark registration process under the Madrid Protocol.
  • Includes new chapters on registered trademark law under the Trademarks Act 2019.
  • Discusses the scope of the Copyright (Amendment) Act 2020 and judicial decisions that clarify important copyright principles.
  • Highlights the impact of significant patent law decisions handed down by the Federal Court and the Court of Appeal.
  • Contains ProView Extra materials available. 

Table of Contents:

1. Preliminary

2. Trademarks: Background and International Aspects

3. Passing Off: Goodwill

4. Passing Off: Misrepresentation

5. Passing Off: Damage

6. Registrable Trademarks

7. Registrability of Trademarks I: Absolute Grounds for Refusal of Registration

8. Registrability of Trademarks II: Relative Grounds for Refusal of Registration

9. Trademark Registration and Its Effect

10. Infringement of Trademarks

11. Acts Not Constituting Trademark Infringement

12. Alteration, Correction, Cancellation, Revocation and Invalidation of Trademark Registration

13. Trademark Enforcement

14. The Law of Geographical Indications

15. Copyright: Background and International Aspects

16. Requirements for Copyright Protection

17. Works Eligible for Copyright

18. Authorship and Ownership of Copyright

19. Dealings in Copyright ad Duration

20. The Exclusive Rights of a Copyright Owner, Infringement and Remedies

21. Defences to Copyright Infringement

22. Copyright Offences and Border Measures

23. Moral Rights

24. Performers’ Right

25. Patents: Background, International Aspects and Practical Matters

26. Patentability

27. Ownership, Dealings in Patents and Related Matters

28. Patent Infringement, Invalidation and Defences

29. Registered Industrial Designs: Background, International Aspects and Requirements for Protection

30. Registered Industrial Designs: Ownership, Infringement, Defences, Revocation and Rectification

31. Confidential Information