Intellectual Property and Technology
Suaran has extensive experience in all aspects of IP matters, information technology law, commercial law and personal data protection law. In addition, he regularly advices on legal matters in the fields of entertainment, media and communications. Suaran has been recognised as an “Up and Coming IP Lawyer Malaysia” in 2016, by Chambers Asia and is ranked Band 3 on the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 and 2018.
Suaran is highly regarded for IP Litigation and had acted in several landmark cases on IP laws in Malaysia. He handles all aspects of IP disputes, including copyright, trademark and patent disputes and is also experienced in obtaining ex-parte injunctions such as Anton Piller Orders, injunctions and search orders. Thus, Suaran has been invited many times to speak on the leading Business Station in Malaysia BFM, to explain and share his views on frequent IP Tech regulatory developments and updates on local Malaysian Laws.
Suaran was actively involved in projects relating to the Internet and e-Commerce, such as deep-linking, webhosting and liability of publishers, online banking/payment, mobile banking/wallets and provision of content, digital TV and medical tourism portal. He has advised clients on among others, issues involving information technology, software licensing and is highly experienced in drafting, negotiating and advising on a range of agreements including, licensing, escrow, service and support agreements.
In issues pertaining to personal data protection under the new statutory regime in Malaysia, Suaran’s focus included advising on compliance requirements, providing training and seminars, conducting privacy audits and formulating privacy roadmaps for clients. He was also the co-chair in the Ad Hoc Personal Data Protection Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council and was involved in the drafting of the Malaysian Forum Code.
Suaran also serves as the Co-Chair of the Information Technology Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council. He is an active member of the Malaysian Intellectually Property Association (MIPA), the Licensing Executives Society in Malaysia (LESM) and is sitting on the panel for the Malaysian Arbitration for General Level Domain Names (GLD).
Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1999)
University of London (LLB Honours)
London School of Economics (LLM)
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
Trustee on the Board of the Dignity for Children Foundation
Notable Work Highlights
Represented a Malaysian based airline in an Anton Piller action against a service provider of an online flight booking platform software and successfully secured the source codes that were being concealed.
Provided advice, opinion and strategy in relation to matters such as copyright, trademarks, design, patents and confidential information.
Pursued litigious matters concerning claims based on the alleged infringement of intellectual property rights, e.g. patent litigation, copyright in computer programs, expungement of trade marks, amongst others.
Advised on communications related matters, corporate acquisitions and issues involving information technology, intellectual property and other related matters.
Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
IP Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council, Chairperson (2012 – 2016)
Ad Hoc Personal Data Protection Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council, Co-Chairperson (2013 – 2016)
Information Technology Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council, current Co-Chairperson (since 2015)
Member of Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA)
Licensing Executive Society of Malaysia, Committee
Awards and Accolades
Ranked in Band 3 for Malaysia Chambers Asia Pacific 2017, 2018, 2019
Dispute Resolution Star, Commercial and Transactions, Intellectual Property and Technology, Benchmark Litigation 2018
Up and Coming IP Lawyer Malaysia, Chambers Asia 2016