On September 27, 2019, the Government of Malaysia deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The Protocol will enter into force for Malaysia on December 27th, 2019. Starting from that date, local brand owners in Malaysia can begin using the Madrid System to protect their marks in the 121 territories of the System by filing a single international application and paying a single set of fees. Foreign companies can also seek trademark protection through the Madrid System when selling their products and services in Malaysia.
This is a great step by the Malaysian government to place the country as a global and important market and manufacturing hub in the ASEAN region.