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Malaysia Factsheet – Update

Although not as large in terms of population as some of its neighbours, Malaysia represents a growing middle-income economy that is also an important trading partner of the EU; EU-Malaysia exports were worth more than €14.1 billion in 2013.


Malaysia’s legal system is fundamentally based on the English common law, so their intellectual property laws have been closely linked to the evolution of such laws in the United Kingdom, and are generally in conformity with international standards. However, there are some important differences that European businesses should take note of. This ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk factsheet gives practical comprehensive guidance on protecting and enforcing the main types of intellectual property rights in Malaysia, with particular emphasis on differences to the EU and up-to-date administrative information.