Tuesday, May 24

Trademark your goods to fight imitations, local producers urged

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KUCHING: Local unique products should be protected to avoid imitations.

Nancy signing the guestbook after a visit to the Malaysian IP Board booth at the Hari Raya do in Simunjan.

Making this call, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri urged local manufacturers to trademark their intellectual properties (IP) to avoid them from being ‘stolen’ by unscrupulous parties.

“We are very fortunate that Sarawak is rich with a variety of cultures as well as food, which has been a huge tourist draw. Each of our homegrown delicacies such as Kek Lapis Sarawak, ‘Kek Hati Pari’ and other traditional ‘kuihs’ has its own special attraction.

“Therefore to avoid ‘plagiarisation’ of these products, producers should be registered under the Geographical Indications (GI) with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO),” Nancy said during a ‘Ramah Tamah Aidilftri with MyIPO’ at Gedong Community Hall in Simunjan yesterday.

According to Nancy, who is also Batang Sadong MP, 13 local products have been registered under GI, namely Belacan Sibuti, Kelupis Sibuti, Timun Dayak Sarawak, Durian Ukak Sibuti, Kuih Celorot, Durian Isu Sibuti, Kayu Hujan Panas Sarawak, Daun Sabong Sibuti, Buah Tarap Sibuti, Daun Silat Sibuti, Daun Nyirik Sibuti, Kuih Jala Sibuti and Jeruk Mempelam Sibuti.

In relation to this, she said the number of registration for local products reached 20 so far this year.

Meanwhile, Nancy urged local communities to grab opportunities presented during any government’s ‘turun padang’ (on-the-ground) programme.

“I am positive that the tourism sector will continue growing, especially with the presence of new products. The nation’s economy is also seeing steady growth in the second quarter of 2014, recording a GDP of 6.4 per cent against 6.2 per cent in the preceding first quarter,” she said.

Attending the event on behalf of MyIPO were its corporate deputy director Mohd Shahar Osman, its Trademark Division senior director Abdul Aziz Ismail and Human Resource director Sheikh Ariffin Sheikh Mohd Noor.

All present were organizing chairman Ali Bujang and political secretary in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mohd Kamaluddin Mohd Effendie.