Official language: Malay
Population: 415,717 (2013)
Economic snapshot: Third largest oil producer in Southeast Asia and fourth largest LNG producer in the world
IP snapshot: Signatory to major IP conventions/ agreements
STRUCTURE OF ECONOMY:
Oil and gas (petrochemical industrial processing).
Paris Convention, Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, Patent Cooperation Treat (PCT), Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
TYPES OF PATENTS:
National Patents (Term: 20 years from filing date).
FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR PCT APPLICATIONS:
Filing language – English, National Phase Entry Deadline is 30 months from priority date, PCT details, Declaration of Entitlement (if Applicant not inventor).
- Relying on granted claims of a selected foreign corresponding application.
- ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC).
NON-PATENTABLE SUBJECT MATTER:
- Methods of treatment of the human or animal body by surgery or therapy or of diagnosis practices on the human body. (Second medical use inventions are patentable).