Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Malaysia

Review

Dispute resolution

The leading intellectual property practice at Zaid Ibrahim & Co has the respect of peers in the market. The firm has three dedicated specialists in this area and the practice continues to grow. In 2020, the group enhanced its expertise and capacity with the addition of several new associates and biotechnology patent consultants. The firm is present in all 10 ASEAN countries, with offices in 18 cities across South East Asia.

Partners Linda Wang, Siew Ling Su and Boo Seng Ong are key contacts.

In a high-stakes patent invalidation action, the team represented the plaintiff Biocon against Sanofi before the High Court. The firm advised and provided patent infringement and validity analysis to the client prior to filing court action to invalidate Sanofi’s patent. The case is ongoing before the IP High Court.

The team successfully acted for Honda Motor in two copyright infringement matters relating to its Ex5 motorcycle. The defendants are MForce Bike Holdings & Malaysian Formula Bikes and Demak Corporation. This case shines a spotlight on the law concerning copyright protection for ‘artistic works’ in 3-dimensional forms. It also highlights to what extent the plaintiff must prove that the 3-dimensional work is produced from the 2-dimensional artistic drawings to be able to claim protection under the copyright regime for old artistic works.

The team continues to act for Public Performance Malaysia and its sound recording member companies in copyright disputes and matters involving their copyrighted works, including a number of ongoing cases in courts throughout Malaysia on breach of copyright licenses and an ongoing copyright infringement suit in the IP High Court.

Recent clients include Asahi Group Holdings Southeast Asia, DC Comics, Diageo, Nestle, NGC Energy and Warner Bros.