In order to attain its objective of becoming a high-income economy by 2020, Malaysia
is engaged in efforts to enhance the performance of its innovation system. A range
of challenges need to be addressed and different policy tools can help in this respect.
For this purpose the national intellectual property (IP) system can play a pivotal
role. This review assesses how Malaysian's national IP system promotes innovation
and offers recommendations to improve the design of the system. It does so by analysing
the organisation and governance of Malaysia's IP system as well as opportunities and
challenges for different local users - ranging from small businesses to frontier companies
and public research institutions. Moreover, the review discusses the state of IP markets
in Malaysia and related policies and provides a comprehensive set of statistics describing
the use of IP in Malaysia in recent years.
The OECD project “National Intellectual Property Systems, Innovation and Economic Development” supports countries in strengthening the contributions their national intellectual property (IP) systems can make to socio-economic development, notably through their impacts on innovation performance. Country studies based on a detailed assessment of national IP systems provide concrete policy recommendations.