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If you need a real life example of why trademark protection is important for you, read on.

In a press release dated 23 November, Malaysian utility company Tenaga Nasional Berhad reminds the public that the name ‘Tenaga Nasional Berhad’ and its logo is a registered trademark under the Trademarks Act 2019, and anyone that wishes to use this trademark needs to get TNB’s written consent.

The press release also notes that the company reserves the rights to take legal action against companies and/or individuals infringing, abusing or misusing its name and logo.

At the same time, TNB also reminds those who are interested to be a vendor, or existing vendors, to avoid using services offered by certain parties to register, renew, and update their vendor credentials, as TNB has never appointed any company or other parties as agents to register, renew certificates or update profile of its vendors, suppliers and contractors.

The same press release names two websites, e-tnb.com.my and www.e-vendor.com.my which TNB says is unauthorized to offer such services. As at this article’s time, the first site has been taken down for maintenance while the second site remains active.

TNB urges existing and prospective vendors to deal directly with TNB through TNB Supply Chain Management System at https://srm.tnb.com.my/portal or via email e-vendor_perolehan@tnb.com.my.

Members of the public with knowledge of TNB’s trademark infringement, abuse or misuse can inform or write to GCC.Trademark@tnb.com.my.

Chong Nin
Author: Chong Nin