Intellectual Property and Technology
Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (2001)
University of London (LLB Honours)
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
Trustee for the International Youth Centre
Brian is ranked in Band 3 for IP in Malaysia by Chambers Asia 2017, ranked for IP Enforcement and Litigation in World Trademark Review 1000 2016. He is also a Recommended Individual for Patent Prosecution in IAM Patent 1000 for three years consecutively in a row from 2016 to 2018. He is also recognised by Trade Mark Star Malaysia by Managing IP for year 2016 & 2017. He has been voted as “Asia Top 50 Licensing Lawyers” by AsiaIP.
He is a seasoned IP practitioner who is experienced in advising on all aspects of IP, from commercial advisory and prosecution of trademarks, patents and designs, to complex IP litigation and anti-counterfeiting matters around the region.
Brian has immense experience in IP Litigation and had secured several landmark decisions involving IP dispute cases in Malaysia. He has represented clients in highly contentious trade mark, patent and copyright infringement suits. He is also responsible for the success of several high-profile and complex IP enforcement raids in Malaysia and across the region, in particular, China and Indonesia. As a well-known and seasoned IP practitioner, Brian is regularly called upon to advise clients on IP protection strategies. He is also highly experienced in advising on commercializing and licensing of IP assets in corporate transactions and technology transfers.
Besides his expertise in IP, Brian is also known for his innovative thinking in providing strategy and solution for debt and asset recovery for major international and local banks and financial institutions.
Brian also serves in various IP associations, i.e. former Chairperson of the Malaysian Bar Council IP Committee, former President of Licensing Executive Society Malaysia, former Co-Chair for the Asia Pacific Committee for Licensing Executive Society International, current Chair for the Anticounterfeiting committee (East Asia and Pacific) of INTA.
Notable Work Highlights
Advised international and local banks in their asset and debt recovery strategy and litigation in Malaysia and regionally.
Represented a Japanese battery manufacturer in successfully invalidating and expunging a substantially similar trademark in Malaysia on the basis that it was, among others, obtained by way of fraud.
Acted on behalf of a manufacturer and distributor of Chinese religious articles in a trademark infringement and passing off claim. This is the first case in Malaysia concerning the expungement of trademarks applied on cultural products.
Represented one of the largest security seal manufacturers in managing its global trademark and patent portfolio, and in securing a permanent injunction and paid settlement sum in a successful patent infringement claim in Malaysia.
Organized Malaysia’s first joint enforcement program in a crackdown on syndicates of illegal providers of copyright IPTV content, where he led a team of enforcement officers from various agencies to a series of successful and highly publicized raids.
Represented a renowned aluminum foil manufacturer in a regional anti-counterfeiting program which involved the successful execution of simultaneous raids across the region.
Developed an online program to monitor for counterfeits across various online distribution channels in Malaysia, and to implement effective take down procedures of infringing IP content from the Internet.
Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
Licensing Executive Society International, Co-Chair Asia Pacific Committee
Licensing Executive Society of Malaysia, Immediate Past President
IP Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council, Past Chairperson
Asian Patent Attorneys Association, Member
Malaysian IP Association, Member
Awards and Accolades
Recommended Individual, Litigation & Transactions IAM Patent 1000, 201
Recommended Individual, Patent Prosecution IAM Patent 1000, 2016, 2017, & 2018
Trademark Star, Malaysia Managing IP, 2016 & 2017
Ranked in Band 3 for Malaysia Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
Ranked Individual, Enforcement and Litigation World Trademark Review 1000, 2016