KUALA LUMPUR (December 22): The Dewan Negara today passed three other bills, namely the Patents (Amendment) Bill 2021, the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2021 and Geographical Indications Bill 2021.
The bills were approved after the third reading by Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Rosol Wahid.
The Patents (Amendment) Bill 2021, among other things, seeks to enable any person at any time after the grant of a patent to apply for a compulsory license for the purpose of making and producing the patented goods in Malaysia without the need to obtain permission from the patent owner.
Rosol said the Patents Act 1983 (Act 291) was enacted by the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) to provide protection for patents and their renewal through registration, he said. he stated, adding that the validity period of patent registration is 20 years from the date of filing provided it is renewed annually.
Meanwhile, when tabling the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2021, Rosol said the amendments to the law are aimed at ensuring that the copyright law provides more effective protection and more effective in accordance with current demands and to meet the needs of the business community and stakeholders.
He said the Law 322 amendment provides appropriate copyright protection, including the implementation of permitted rights exceptions and international ratification.
The amendment also aims to prepare Malaysia to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty) in order to recognize the rights of persons with visual impairments to obtain works in an accessible format as a copy. agreed by Cabinet at its October 29 meeting.
Meanwhile, when tabling the Geographical Indications Bill 2021, Rosol said the bill had 15 sections containing 101 clauses per schedule, adding that the Geographical Indications Act 2000 (Act 602) had been promulgated in accordance with the need to protect geographical indications registered or unregistered in Malaysia. , in accordance with the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) which entered into force on January 1, 1995.
The Dewan Negara session resumes tomorrow. — Bernama