Monday, June 25, 2018

Inventor urges govt to set up special body to protect patents

The government was today urged to create a special body to protect patents against piracy.
According to an inventor, Md Nayan Salleh, 63, the measure was needed because the existing act was unable to protect inventions and innovations which can boost national economy.
“I believe it’s time for the government to protect inventors so that their inventions will not be plagiarised by those seeking profits,” he said when met here, today.
“The 1993 Patent Act is still inadequate to protect inventors when their inventions are copied by irresponsible people, making many inventors reluctant to create new inventions,” he said here today.
Md Nayan who is also the managing director of Kitaran Potensi Sdn Bhd, with 22 years’ experience in the invention field claimed he was also a victim when the Food Waste Products, Fat and Grease Filtration and Separation System (Simpak) which he patented on Jan 1, 2009 was plagiarised until he lost about RM1 million.
“The government, especially the Ministry of Finance, has to make it compulsory for any company applying for the tender to list patents registered with the Patent Act to prevent copyright infringement,” said Md Nayan who has been involved with inventions since 1996.
Md Nayan said he has now put on hold about eight new innovations including pri-Aedes (Aedes destroyer) which does not use any chemicals instead only waves to trap mosquitoes.
“The use of poison will not destroy mosquitoes and can damage the environment,” said Nayan who did not want to produce his inventions for fear they may be plagiarised.
Md Nayan achieved success when he won three international-awards, including a gold medal and two silver medals in the International Scientific Inventions Competition in Geneva, Switzerland in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and received the National Genius Award (2003), the National Innovation Award (2015) and the National level ‘Anugerah Tokoh Maulidur Rasul’ in 2009. — Bernama
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The inventors dilemma is a classic case of suggesting a solution which is somehow leaked to a competitor which then won the job.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Malaysia as EPO Validation State?

EPO is approaching a number of countries to be validation states of EPO. Applicants for European patent can submit a request for obtaining and extending patents in validation states. The validation system is principally similar as designation system for contracting states of EPO.

Currently, there are four validation states namely Morocco, Moldova, Tunisia and Cambodia. MyIPO confirmed that EPO has proposed Malaysia as EPO validation state.

European patents are principally prosecuted by qualified European patent attorneys. Accepted European patent are extended to validation states by paying validation fees. The validation system can ease patent backlog faced by MyIPO.

I am of the view that the validation state system can be considered if it is tweaked to be a form of reciprocal cooperation arrangement.

I would appreciate if EPO allows Malaysians to qualify as European Patent Attorney and practice before the EPO. If European patent applicants and attorneys have direct access to Malaysia patent through validation system, EPO should provide the same access to Malaysian applicants and representatives. We can leverage on mutual cooperation to enhance local patent expertise and European market access.