What does intellectual property mean?

Intellectual property means the property in intellectual creations, particularly technology inventions and literary and artistic works.

Inventions and works protected under the copyright protection can be used only with the consent of the inventor, author or other owner of the rights.

Intellectual rights exist are also embodied in the protected trademarks.

Malaysia's Intellectual property system is made up of the following:

Industrial Property

Industrial Property consisting of:
  • Trade marks as governed by Trade Marks Act 1976 and the Regulations made thereunder.

  • Patents as governed by Patents (Amendment) Act 1995 and the Regulations made thereunder.

  • Industrial designs as governed by the United Kingdom Designs (Protection) Act 1949 for Peninsular Malaysia, United Kingdom Designs (Protection) Chapter 152 for Sabah and Designs (United Kingdom) Ordinance Chapter 59 for Sarawak.


Copyright as governed by the Copyright Act 1987, Copyright (Amendment) Act 1990 and the regulations made thereunder.

Enforcement of the above intellectual property rights is provided for by the various intellectual property legislation and the Trade Description act 1972.

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