Automotive OEMs and Suppliers: How Safe is Your IP in South East Asia?’s latest Audio Interview “Automotive OEMs and Suppliers: How Safe is Your IP in South East Asia?” features Geetha Kandiah. Ms. Kandiah is the Director of KASS, one of the leading IP Firms in ASEAN, and she oversees KASS’ practice in 6 countries, with 45+ team members. She manages local and international trademark and design portfolios, and has extensive experience in handling all aspects of copyrights, licensing, and franchising in various industries, including automotive and other industries.

Audio Interview Guest
Ms. Geetha Kandiah – LinkedIn Profile

In the 17-minute Audio Interview, Ms. Kandiah discusses these questions:
• What is the IP landscape in South East Asia? Is IP even respected in that part of the world?
• Are there any notable automotive disputes related to IP in South East Asia?
• What key advice would you give to automotive players who are venturing into South East Asia?

About Geetha Kandiah:
Director, KASS

Geetha is a Director at KASS International, a well-established Intellectual Property firm in Malaysia. She joined KASS in 2006, and has been instrumental in growing the firm from a 7-man firm, located in one country to a 45-man firm, with presence in 6 countries. In 2007, she trained under European Trademark Attorneys at a reputable IP firm in France.

Geetha frequently shares her IP expertise on BFM89.9, Bernama TV and has contributed articles to various local and overseas publications. Her comments on case law in Malaysia have been quoted in publications abroad such as the Asia IP magazine, ITMA Review by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) and Managing Intellectual Property, a Euromoney publication.

She was recognised for her exceptional work in the IP field by Prestige Magazine (2010), where she made it into the Top 10 of “Malaysia’s Top 40 under 40”. She was previously a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Asia Roundtables Project Team and INTA’s Brands and Innovation Committee, and is now an active member of INTA’s Leadership Development Committee. She is also a seasoned contributor at INTA for Geographical Indications, Collective Marks and Certification Marks.

Geetha is a highly sought-after international speaker who has been invited to speak at engagements and conferences in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya (Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation), Taipei (Taiwan Technology Industry Legal Officers Association), Ahmedabad (Indian Drug Manufacturer’s Association) and more.

Geetha is also a Business Strategy Coach with 10X CEO Coaching Group, empowering entrepreneurs with knowledge, skills and tools to create breakthrough organisational results; Digital Victory Advisor for the Malaysia Productivity Corporation, coaching digital and tech entrepreneurs; Professional Mentor with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol, mentoring law students on challenges faced, life goals and assisting them in pursuit of their desired career paths; and a member of the Malaysian chapter of the 30% Club, which supports sustainable business-led change to improve gender diversity in their commitment to bringing more women onto Malaysian corporate boards.

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