At present, trademark owners in Malaysia who want to protect their trademarks in several countries must do so by filing their trademarks in each country of interest. It is also known as traditional national filing route. However, this route takes up considerable amounts of time and money. Hence, it is significant to embark on the Madrid Protocol journey. This article shall discuss benefits of accession to the Madrid Protocol in particular to Malaysian companies seeking international registrations. This paper also shall discuss changes that the Malaysian Intellectual Property (“IP”) office has to make in accordance towards accession to the Madrid Protocol.
The purpose of this paper is to examine a number of challenges impairing enforcement of trade secrets protection globally wherein further research and development are encouraged to be performed towards providing effective protection of trade secrets comprehensively. The first challenge is that current laws protecting trade secrets and efforts to enforce them in many countries remain relatively weak. Secondly, the worldwide growing numbers of cyber economic espionage and theft of trade secret. Last but not least, employment mobility affecting trade secret protection.