COVID-19 & MALAYSIA:
Update on Government
Movement Control Order
Covid-19 & Malaysia: Update on Government Movement Control Order
The Movement Control Order (MCO), which was in force from 18 March 2020 till 12 May 2020 has officially ended. This order was the nation’s response to curb the increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases in Malaysia and is made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.
With the number of Covid-19 cases seeing a decrease, the Malaysian Government has implemented the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which will be in place until 09 June 2020, unless further extended.
Under the CMCO, most businesses, including non-essential services are now allowed to operate, but shall continue to adhere to Government-implemented standard operating procedures and best practices.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
(i) RE-OPENING OF OUR PHYSICAL OFFICE & SCHEDULED WORK FROM HOME OPERATIONS
Our physical office has now re-opened as of 13 May 2020.
In adhering to Government protocols and best practices, we will be operating on a scheduled split-team basis, with team members working from the office and working from home on alternate weeks. All operating procedures continue to be in place to enable seamless integration and continuity of services without interruption.
(ii) RE-OPENING OF IP OFFICE IN MALAYSIA
The IP Office has also partially re-opened its physical office, but will only operate at reduced hours. The online filing platform remains operational in so far as prosecution matters pertaining to patent and industrial design are concerned, but with limited functionality in so far as prosecution matters pertaining with trademarks are concerned.
Key points on the deadlines from their notice in relation to the CMCO are as follows:-
Notices from the IP Office corresponding to the different phases of MCO and CMCO can be accessed below:-
(iii) OUR COMMUNICATION CHANNELS
We remain fully contactable through phone and email via your usual contact points. If you wish to speak to us, you may already have our mobile numbers, or you may email us at email@example.com to set up a phone/video conference.
Due to the ongoing situation and in practicing social distancing, we would strongly encourage that all communications take place via electronic communications and by video conferencing unless it is absolutely necessary. Should you require to meet us at our office, please note that the requisite safety policies are in place to access our premises, and will need to be strictly adhered to. We thank you in advance for your kind understanding in this regard.
(iv) COURIER & MAIL TO OUR PHYSICAL OFFICE
As our physical office has now re-opened, courier and mail may be sent to our office following your usual practice.
We thank you for your kind support, and remain committed towards providing uninterrupted services and especially towards supporting you and your business during these unprecedented times.
We wish you and your loved ones continued good health, and hope that you will continue to stay safe and keep well.
Further updates on the situation in Malaysia will be provided as soon as they are available.