Geetha Kandiah

CEO of KASS

Professional Qualifications

  • Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Registered Patent, Trade Mark and Industrial Design Agent (Malaysia)
  • LL.B. (Hons) (University of Bristol)
  • Registered Trade Mark and Industrial Design Agent (Singapore)
  • New Plant Varieties Agent (Malaysia)
  • Certified Patent Valuation Analyst
  • Admitted as Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2006

Background

Geetha has been with KASS since 2006, upon completing her pupilage at a reputable law firm in Malaysia. In 2007, she trained under European Trademark Attorneys at a well-established IP firm in France.

On top of managing local and international portfolios, she handles domain name disputes and provides assistance to franchisors and franchisees (in the form of franchise agreement drafting, franchise registration support and professional advice).

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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