The Need for Intellectual Property Protection for Inventors

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  • August 8, 2007
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Talk presented by Damian Yeo at a Seminar on Building Industry Solution’s To Sustainable Development held on 7th August 2007 in Putra World Trade Centre organized by CIDB Malaysia.

I must take this opportunity to thank the organizers for allowing me to deliver this piece. This topic is of great importance but unfortunately there is a lack of awareness of its importance.

What is Intellectual Property?

We protect our tangible properties in our daily life. We install alarms in cars and houses to deter ‘breakins’. We lodge caveats in the land office when we purchase property to avoid unauthorized dealings with our property. We know the boundaries and limitations in protecting our tangible properties because we are able to see, touch and feel them. So what about intellectual property then?

Almost everyone in society is a user and potential creator of intellectual property. Its protection, through a system of national and international rules called intellectual property rights, is necessary to provide incentives and financing for innovation and creation, which in turn leads to economic, cultural and social progress. Protection for intellectual property also encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge and a wide range of quality goods and services. As such Intellectual property rights add value for consumers and can provide a guarantee of where it comes from and its quality.



Announcement: Criminal Law Training

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  • August 8, 2007
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Telephone: 26913005, 26932072. Fax: 26930527 Email:
Tingkat 6, Wisma Kraftangan, No. 9, Jalan Tun Perak, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

Bil. Kami: LAC-SKILS DEV – TRAINING 2/2007
Bil. Tuan:
5 July 2007

Dear Friends at the Bar,


The Skills Training Committee has made great efforts in organising a training session for those of you who may be interested in getting started as a criminal law practitioner. The selection of speakers, conductors of the moots, moderators and special invites to introduce and conclude the training session reflects the quality of training that we have put together for you.

We have lined-up lawyers who are exceptionally skillful and highly specialised in their respective areas of criminal practice. The team led by Mr Jagjit Singh will share their knowledge in conducting criminal trials and the issues involved. This team of lawyers, in spite of their demanding schedule would be there at the Law Faculty, University of Malaya on 24th and 25th August 2007 to share their knowledge, experience and expertise.



Circular No. 38 of 2007 : Malacca Bar Legal Directory

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  • August 6, 2007
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3rd August, 2007



Malacca Bar Legal Directory 2007

Attached herewith is a list of changes and additions for the period 1st April, 2007 – 31st July, 2007, to the Malacca Bar Legal Directory 2007, which was issued to all Malacca Bar members in April, 2007. Kindly update your copy of the directory accordingly.



Kurt Waldheim: A Comparative ‘Reminiscence’

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  • August 1, 2007
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contributed by Dr Myint Zan

With the death of Kurt Waldheim (1918-2007) the world now has (only) three instead of four former UN Secretaries-General alive. For nearly six months when Kofi Annan retired on the last day of 2006 after serving two terms as the seventh UN Secretary-General there were an unprecedented four former UN Secretaries-General. The obituaries of Dr. Waldheim that the writer has read deals mainly with his Nazi past and in comparison not much mention is made of Waldheim’s achievements and failures when he was at the helm of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981.

It is not for me to further add to what Time magazine obituary has called the ‘Waldheim affair’ i.e. the ‘discovery’ and publicity of his Nazi past, his evasions and to put it diplomatically ‘untruths’ or partial truths he had made when this issue came to the fore in 1986. The discovery and controversy regarding Waldheim’s Nazi past took place nearly five years after he was forced to retire from the helm of the United Nations in December 1981 when he successfully campaigned for the Austrian presidency. (Waldheim had also unsuccessfully campaigned for the presidency of Austria in 1971 – the year he became UN Secretary-General.)

Instead, I intend to discuss the issue of campaigning for the UN Secretary-General position which, roughly, started in what can now being called the Waldheim era. It is now established practice within and outside UN circles that when a UN Secretary-General retires (as in the case of voluntary retirements of U Thant, the third UN Secretary-General, Javier Perez de Cuellar, the fifth, Kofi Annan, the seventh as well as in the ‘involuntary retirements’ of Waldheim himself in 1981 and Boutros Boutros-Ghali in 1996) there is from both within and outside the UN circles ‘campaigning’ for the job. The first three Secretaries-General of the UN did not ‘campaign’ for the job and there was, during those times of the selection for the Secretary-General position, much less –if any- ’campaigning’ at all by the candidates whose names have been mentioned as possible UN Secretaries-General. In those good old days it was the office that sought the person rather than the other way around.



Urgent Notice

The Malacca Bar regrets to inform that the wife of Mr Markhan Singh had passed away and the funeral is scheduled at 2 pm today. For more information, kindly contact Lawrence Ang of the Malacca Bar Committee office.

The Malacca Bar Committee extends its deepest symphaty and joins Mr Markhan in his loss and sorrows.

Wong Fook Meng


Law Awareness Day 2007

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  • July 24, 2007
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contributed by Desmond Ho

Powerpointless, Not Pointless On 21st July 2007, the Multimedia University School of Law organized a Law Awareness Day within their campus for their law students with the assistance of the Malacca Young Lawyers and Chambering Pupils Committee. Five prominent members of the Malacca Bar were invited to speak on their life as lawyers in their respective fields of practice.

The 2nd to 4th year students were already anticipating an “interesting” talk from our panel of speakers for the day and Wong Fook Meng started the talk by giving an overview of the transition from law school to legal practice and the challenges facing a “young” practitioner. Chee Kong Chi was then invited to speak about life as a corporate lawyer. With his vast experience, he astounded even the lawyers in attendance about what corporate legal practice entails. Phrases like Reverse Take Over (RTO) and Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) would have baffled many, but Chee advised the students that beyond the conundrum of legal terms, “soft skills” were equally as important for a lawyer.



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