Move to privatise patent unit deferred


  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Jan 2003

BY M. KRISHNAMOORTHY

KUALA LUMPUR: The corporatisation of the intellectual property division of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, due on Jan 1, has been postponed to March to enable the staff to understand their options. 

Called the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation, it is aimed at helping inventors protect, patent and copyright their discoveries. 

Division director Ismail Jusoh said the corporation was formed to improve the services for the public and those wanting to patent their inventions and discoveries. 

“We hope to shorten the processing time and expand our services with more staff. 

“With the corporatisation the staffing is expected to increase because the organisation will be performing more functions,'' he said in an interview. 

He said that local manufacturers and consumers had little knowledge and understanding of intellectual property rights and there was a lack of awareness on protecting a company’s branding, trademark or industrial design from being exploited by others. 

Some of the functions of the corporation are receiving patent applications for intellectual property, processing, patenting and checking patents. 

The setting up of the corporation would encourage and enable more entrepreneurs to be creative and innovative, he added. 

With globalisation, Ismail said more innovations by Malaysian entrepreneurs would help the country capture new markets.  

“It will also mean people will have to respect each other's inventions and piracy can be checked through the registration. 

“The corporatised body will also have an online search check for the public to check Intellectual Property registered. 

“We will also have our own website with updated information concerning Intellectual Property,'' he added. 

Ismail said that the Public Service Department and his officials were briefing their 100-odd staff on their new option to join the corporation. 

They have been given option papers to join the new corporation, remain with the Ministry or retire early. 

Cuepacs president N. Siva Subramaniam said that there was a need to brief the staff properly on the corporatisation and retirement benefits. 

“If they are not briefed properly, It will create misunderstanding. 

“They must explain the benefits clearly and what options they have for those who cannot be transferred to other departments.''  

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