Get Updates by Email

My Services


Over time, people have asked me how I charge for my services. I realize that some IP practitioners prefer to quote their prices only after they understand what the customer wants. After thinking about it, I realize that it turns away many curious visitors. So I've decided to make clear the basic price range that I would charge for my services.

All currencies indicated below are in Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). But in Malaysia, we write it as RM. Once, a Hong Kong IP lawyer asked me about my fees. I quoted in Ringgit, using RM. He replied immediately, stating that he agreed. Then, at the bottom of the email, he wrote: RM = Ren Min Bi? I replied that it was Malaysian Ringgit. I think he was too embarassed to write back.

Trade Marks and Service Marks

These represent the most common type of IP that fledgling businesses want to protect. Essentially, this means the things that make the company recognisable: Logos, names, shapes, colours. Trade Marks basically refer to marks for products. Service Marks refer to marks for services, including clubs and organizations.

I normally charge an all-in fee of RM2,500 to RM2,600 to register a single trade mark (or service mark) in a single class. "Class" refers to a single category of products or service following the Nice Classifications. If for some reason, I am unable to charge you this amount, I would let you know. (Expensive postage to a faraway country is one of those reasons.)

If your trademark application (handled by me) runs into an objection from the MyIPO registrar (i.e. the registrar in charge of registration of trade marks), I would charge between RM1,000 to RM3,000 to reply, follow up and attend a hearing -- depending on what is required to be done. But if you filed the trade mark on your own or with another trade mark practitioner, I would charge RM3,000 to RM5,000 for this service.

Why you would find this useful: Because you are trying to secure your company's identity, and you would rather not have someone else use the same brand 5 years down the road when your efforts have begun to gain traction.

Patents 

These are familiar to companies in technology. Since Malaysia has a first-to-file regime, and not a first-to-invent regime, inventors of new technology who dream of exploiting their inventions should hurry to register their patents. 

I normally charge an all-in fee of RM5,000 to RM10,000 to draft the patent. I would tell you that I can't draft it at that price if it is too complicated, or beyond my skillset, or one of my colleagues. (This doesn't mean that I can't do it. I could hire another patent drafter to get the job done for you.)

I normally charge an all-in fee of RM4,500 to RM5,000 to prosecute the patent application all the way until issuance of Certificate of Grant. However, this does not include a court appeal due to a refusal at the substantive examination stage.

Consultation

I normally charge RM350 per hour (inclusive of GST) for consultation. Due to my background (Masters in Management and Masters in Law), I am able to link concepts from both business and law to help you achieve better business. Our consultation will ideally cover the following topics:
  • Your business goals
  • Where your business is going
  • Where your industry is going
  • What technology you already have
  • What competing technologies are out there
  • How you plan to position yourself in the next five to ten years
  • How you plan on leveraging IP to achieve your business goals
  • What value you could extract from your existing IP portfolio
  • What business strategies you plan on pursuing e.g. price leadership, innovation, etc. and what IP strategy would be relevant for you
If you just wanted an explanation on what the law says, I could do that, as well.

0 Comments: