Annual Technical Report 2006 on Industrial Design Information Activities submitted by Malaysia (SCIT/ATR/ID/2006/MY)


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The expression "industrial designs" covers industrial designs and models. Offices which issue design patents should report their design patent information activities in this series of Annual Technical Reports.


I. Evolution of registration activities

Changes experienced in terms of application filings and grants (registrations) with respect to the previous year

Year 2006
The number of Application received - 1,033
The number of Registered Industrial Designs - 1,175

Year 2005
The number of Application received - 1,116
The number of Registered Industrial Designs - 525

Trends or areas experiencing rapid changes with respect to the previous year

In 2006, Malaysia recorded an annual decrease of 7.43% (from 1,116 to 1,033) in the total number of industrial designs applications received but achieved an increase of 124% (from 525 to 1,175) in the total number of registrations. Local and foreign applications decreased by 11.4% (from 449 to 398) and 4.8% (from 667 to 635) respectively.

URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide statistics related to industrial designs

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II. Matters concerning the generation, reproduction, and distribution of industrial design documents and of secondary sources of industrial design information, i.e., official gazettes

Publishing, including printing, copying techniques and electronic printing

Lists of industrial designs which has been registered, renewed, lapsed, corrected or which has requested for restoration are published monthly in the Government Gazette.

Main types of announcements of the Office in the field of industrial design information

General information are published on the website.

Mass storage media and microforms used

Information are kept on papers.

Databases and office automation

Information are kept on papers.

URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide access to online industrial design gazettes and other sources of industrial design information, including download of bulk industrial design data

III. Matters concerning classifying, reclassifying and indexing of industrial design information according to the classification systems applied

Classification and reclassification activities; Classification system used, e.g., International Classification for Industrial Designs (Locarno Classification), other classification (please indicate whether industrial designs are classified by your Office and, if so, which classification is used)

For the purpose of examination the International Classification for Industrial Designs(Locarno Classification, 8th Edition) is used.

Bibliographic data and processing

Designs are searchable by classes.

IV. Search file establishment and upkeep

File building

Applications received are kept in files and each file will be assigned an application number.


Registers for applications received and registered designs are updated regularly.

Storage, including mass storage media

Application files are kept within the examination section until registration had been granted.

Documentation from other offices maintained and/or considered part of the available search file

No documentation from other offices is maintained or considered as part of the search material. However examiners have access to the internet for reference purposes.

V. Activities in the field of computerized search systems for industrial designs

In-house systems (online/offline)

Searches are done by the examiners manually. Search material includes industrial design application and registered industrial design which are kept in folders.

External databases

Other Intellectual Property (IP) Office's website is accessible in assisting examination and for reference purposes.

Administrative management systems (e.g., register, legal status, statistics, administrative support, etc.)

Statistics are prepared by examining officers. At present administrative management system is done manually.

Equipment used (hardware, including the types of terminal and network used, and software), data carriers used

The database of industrial designs application and registered industrial designs are used within Microsoft Window application.

VI. Administration of industrial design information products and services available to the public (relating to facilities, e.g., for lodging applications, registering designs, assisting clients with search procedures, obtaining official publications and registry extracts)

Planning, administration, automation, security

Application for industrial designs can be made by post or in person at our main Office in Kuala Lumpur or our branches in Sabah and Sarawak.

Collection management, preservation

Industrial designs examination staff are available to provide additional guidance and assistance to the public interested in searching registered industrial designs. The materials available for public search are kept in folders.

Information services available to the public (including computerized services and search files contained in libraries remote from your Office and industrial design information posted by your Office on the World Wide Web).

The official website provides a wide range of information including benefits of registered industrial design, procedures on registering an application, guides to applicant, design law, fee payment and frequently asked questions. Application and related forms are available in pdf form and are downloadable. Besides information available through the internet, searches could be made in person at our main Office.

URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide information on business procedures such as: filing, publication, examination and registration procedures related to industrial designs; opposition and appeal procedures related to industrial designs; etc.

URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide a description of information products and services offered by the Office (e.g., industrial design search service(s), industrial design databases, etc.), as well as information on how to access and utilize them

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VII. Matters concerning mutual exchange of industrial design documentation and information

International or regional cooperation in the exchange of industrial design information, e.g., in the form of official gazettes

There is no mutual exchange of industrial designs documentation and information to any other national office.

Exchange of machine-readable information, e.g., data contained on CD-ROM or magnetic tape

There is no mutual exchange of machine-readable information to any other national office.

VIII. Matters concerning education and training including technical assistance to developing countries (please indicate URLs of web pages of the Office’s website wherever appropriate)

Promotional activities (seminars, exhibitions, visits, advertising, etc.)

Assistance in the form of promotional activities to developing countries were not extended.

Training courses for national and foreign participants

The Industrial Designs Office through the Malaysian Intellectual Property Office's (MyIPO) promotional activities were involve in a number of events and seminar conducted for the Malaysian business community and students on the importance of intellectual propert rights.

Assistance to developing countries (sending consultants and experts, receiving trainees from developing countries, etc.)

Not relevant.

Main industrial design and industrial property information magazines/journals published in the country or region of the Office

No such publication at the moment.

IX.Other general information related to the Office that is available on the Internet -- URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that:

provide information on legislation related to industrial designs

The information is available at our website at

contain the Annual Report of the Office

Not available at the moment.

if necessary, provide further information related to the topics referred to in the current ATR

The information is available at our website at

provide open source codes related to industrial design information systems

We are in the process of building our information system.

contain industrial design-related news regarding the Office

The information is available at out website at

X. Other relevant matters

In the year 2006, The Industrial Designs Office with the cooperation of IP Australia hosted a workshop on Industrial Designs Examination from 6-10 November 2006. The participants were Industrial Designs Officers from the ASEAN countries. IP Australia had provided two experience Industrial Designs Officers to train the participants in the search and examination procedures among others.