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Centre for Collaborative Innovation

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for IP protection?

  1. Application can be done online at:









How long will it take for my application to be approved for IP protection?

Duration for IP protection from the date of application by the inventor varies for different types of IP.


What is the difference between a patent and a utility innovation?

A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides a new way of doing something, or offers a technical solution to a problem. A patent provides protection for a period of 20 years from the date of filing.

A utility innovation is an exclusive right granted for a ‘minor’ invention. The requirements for acquiring a utility model are less stringent than for patents. Utility innovations are protected for an initial period of 10 years which may be extended for another two 5-year terms, providing a total protection period of 20 years.

(Source: Malaysia Intellectual Property Organisation)

Can we file for patent after the invention is made public before filing a patent?

Yes, in Malaysia, the grace period to file patent/utility innovation is within 12 months from the date of publication/disclosure.

What happens after the patent expires?

When a patent expires (reaches its twentieth anniversary), the owner can no longer claim exclusivity on its usage.

Does Malaysia have a registration system for copyright?

There is no registration for copyright in Malaysia. The work is protected automatically upon creation. However, the inventor can apply for voluntary notification which an enhancement to the copyright protection system in Malaysia where a notification of copyrighted work is deposited to MyIPO.

(Source: Malaysia Intellectual Property Organisation)

What are the ways to prove ownership of copyright?

The owner could either:-

Perform a Statutory Declaration in accordance with the Statutory Declaration Act 1960; or Self-address the work in a sealed envelope.

Where is PIK office located?

PIK is located at UKM main campus, Bangi.

GPS coordinate: 2.9272848,101.783832,17

Can we commercialise our invention without going through UKMTech?

All IPs are to be commercialised through PIK as mentioned in the IP Commercialisation Policy. However, if UKM does not agree to commercialise the IP, UKM may assign the IP to the inventor for them to exploit.

Can a researcher become the CEO of the Start-up Company?

It is not advisable for a researcher to be the CEO of the company. The CEO must be actively involved in business and management of the company. The researcher should concentrate on the technical aspects and development of the product and is more needed as the Technical Advisor of the company.

What are the funds that PIK manage?

  1. Innovation Fund (Internal Fund for prototype development),
  2. Lab-to-market Fund (Internal Fund for commercialisation of UKM’s IP ); and
  3. Prototype Research Grant Scheme, PRGS (External Fund).

Who is involved in the evaluations UKM Innovation Fund proposals?

a.    Director of CCI

b.    Director of CRIM

c.     CEO of UKMTech

d.    Deputy Director of CCI

e.    Industry partner

f.     Chairman / Niche representatives of Research niche

g.    Senior Manager Technology Transfer of CCI

What are crucial aspects for Innovation Fund proposal presentation?

a. Overview project (Proof of Concept)

b. Target market

c. Budget

d. Milestones & Deliverables

Is it possible to use UKM Innovation Fund to hire a research assistant?

The researchers can only appoint technical help such as programmers, technical officers etc.

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