There has been a recent revision to the law relating to the term of patents in Malaysia, which took effect from 14 August 2003.

Before this revision, patents were granted for a term of 15 years from the grant date,whereas now, patents will be granted for a term of 20 years from the filing date.

In respect of patents which have been filed since 14 August 2003, the new term of 20 years from the filing date will therefore apply. With respect to patents filed before 14 August 2003, the term will be 15 years from the date of grant OR 20 years from the date of filing,whichever expires later.