Market Development Grant (MDG)

DagangHalal.com is collaborating with Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and Pintas IP Group to get Malaysian Halal suppliers to apply for this useful grant.  The Market Development Grant (MDG) is a support initiative in the form of a reimbursable grant. MDG was introduced in 2002 with the objective of assisting exporters in their efforts to promote Malaysian made products or services globally. The lifetime limit of MDG is RM300,000 and it is specifically formulated for Malaysian SME Companies, Professional Service Providers, Trade & Industry Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Professional Bodies and Co-operatives.

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic situation, Additional Activities Undertaken within 30 calendar days from the date of activity started only:

i. Financial Compensation for Cancellation or Postponements of Trade Fair / Exhibition Locally or Overseas
ii. Reimbursement on Logistic Cost for Sending Malaysian Product Overseas
iii. International Certification for Exports
iv. Registration of Intellectual Property (IP) for International Market
v. Advertising & Promotion (A&P) Expenses for Exports

5 reasons why you need to file your overseas intellectual property now
1. To protect your brand identity

These are usually composed of a business entity’s name, logo, and other related images and phrases that aid in establishing who they are. However, these defining marks can always easily be copied by another person or company so they can masquerade as the original business or individual or ride on your goodwill. That is why your company’s trademarks should be properly registered. You will have a claim on your company’s brand identity that is backed by the law.

2. To protect your ownership of your ideas.

If you have an original product, invention, or artistic work, it’s essential for you to register a patent and/or copyright under your name. Without a proper copyright and/or patent registration, it will be very difficult for you to claim damages should your work, product or invention is copied or used without your permission. For any media, it may also allow them to distribute your material without permission, whether or not it’s for profit.

3. To protect your company’s growth.

Legally registering your copyright, patent or trademark can help protect your company’s growth. This is crucial for small businesses and startup companies. They usually don’t have the same distribution power or reach as bigger organizations. If one of your larger competitors copies a product, they can easily overtake you in terms of market share and prevent you from expanding your customer base.

4. To protect your revenue.

When a competitor copies your product it cuts down your profits. You may make less sales than you would have if you had sole distribution or production rights to your idea. Registering your trademark, patent or copyright will prevent these competitors from profiting from your original concept and/or product. If they copy you, you can take legal action which may allow you to recover any money that they have made using your idea or brand. 

5. Up to RM30k grant from the government to support local SMEs

The RM30k grant is specially approved during the Covid-19 pandemic to encourage SMEs to protect the brand name in the overseas market. Valid until 31 Dec 2021. First come, first serve basis. Our team will guide you for claiming process so you don’t have to worry.

Market Development Grant (MDG) by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

PURPOSE

The purpose of MDG is to assist Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Professional Service Providers, Professional Bodies and Co-operatives in increasing global sales by undertaking eligible export promotion activities.

AMOUNT

RM30,000 with reimbursement basis for all activities related to IP registration is eligible to claim such as: Trademark; Patent; Industrial Design.

TIMELINE

Submissions for grant applications must be made within 30 calendar days from the date of activity started (Activity from 15 Jul 2021 – 31 Dec 2021).

SMEs Definition in Malaysia

Type of Business Annual Sales or Number of Full-Time Employees

Manufacturing
(Including agro-based products)

<RM50 million or

< 200

Trading
< RM20 million or
< 75
Services
(excluding real estate)
< RM20 million or
< 75

* Annual Sales is based on the latest Audited Financial Statement
* Number of Full Time Employees is according to the latest EPF Statement

Is my business eligible?

All applications submitted will be processed and considered by MATRADE, based on the
requirements, terms and conditions set in MDG Guidelines

✪ Incorporated under the Companies Act 1965 or Companies Act 2016
✪ With at least 60% equity owned by Malaysians and more than 1 year in operation
✪ Manufactures products that are made in Malaysia or provide services for export that originated from Malaysia
✪ A member of MATRADE
✪ NOT a GLCs, subsidiaries of PLC or have a government equity (federal / state)
✪ Export promotion activities subsidised / sponsored by 3rd parties are NOT eligible

    MDG Grant Contact Form

    File Your Overseas Intellectual Property
    Claim up to RM30,000 with Market Development Grant (MDG)
    valid till 31 Dec 2021

    Document Checklist

     MANUFACTURING 

    1. Companies Act 1965 (Certificate of Incorporation Form 9 / Form 13) or Companies Act 2016 (Section 17 / Section 28)
    2. Companies Act 1965 (Memorandum & Articles of Association – M&A) or Companies Act 2016 (Section 14) or Manufacturing License
    3.  Companies Act 1965 (Annual Return of Company Having A Share Capital for the year 2019 or 2020) or Companies Act 2016 (Section 68) for the year 2019 or 2020 (full set)
    4. Company’s Audited Financial Statement for the year 2019 or 2020 (full set)
    5. Latest EPF Statement (Form A is not applicable)

    TRADING

    1. Companies Act 1965 (Certificate of Incorporation Form 9 / Form 13) or Companies Act 2016 (Section 17 / Section 28)
    2. Companies Act 1965 (Annual Return of Company Having A Share Capital) or Companies Act 2016 (Section 68) for the year 2019 or 2020 (full set)
    3. Company’s Audited Financial Statement for the year 2019 or 2020 (full set)
    4. Latest EPF Statement (Form A is not applicable)
    5. Letter of declaration by supplier to certify that products are made in Malaysia (Format as per Annex 1 page 18 and to be printed on supplier’s letterhead)
    6. Product Brochure / Company Profile (Proper product brochure with specifications / colour / dimensions / materials)

    SERVICES

    1. Companies Act 1965 (Certificate of Incorporation Form 9 / Form 13) or Companies Act 2016 (Section 17 / Section 28)
    2. Companies Act 1965 (Annual Return of Company Having A Share Capital for the year 2019 or 2020) or Companies Act 2016 (Section 68) for the year 2019 or 2020 (full set)
    3. Company’s Audited Financial Statement for the year 2019 or 2020 (full set)
    4. Latest EPF Statement (Form A is not applicable)
    5. Product Brochure / Company Profile (Proper product brochure with specifications / colour / dimensions / materials)

    Professional Service Providers
    (Partnership / Sole proprietor)

    1. Registration Letter or License or Certificate issued by Professional Services Body
    2. Company’s Financial Statement for the year 2019 or 2020 (full set)
    3. Latest EPF Statement (Form A is not applicable)

    Trade & Industry Associations,
    Chambers of Commerce & Professional Bodies

    1. Registration certificate issued by Registrar of Society (Form 3) or Associated Professional Body or Certificate of Incorporation of Public Company (Form 8)
    2. List of committee members
    3. Latest EPF Statement (Form A is not applicable)

    Co-operatives

    1. Incorporated under Co-operative Societies Act 1993
    2. Audited Financial Statement for the year 2019 or 2020 (full set)
    3. List of committee members
    4. Latest EPF Statement (Form A is not applicable)
    5. Co-operative Profile

    CLAIM DOCUMENTS
    (original document must be scanned in colour)

    • Proof of payment with payee’s detail such as:
    • Official Receipt or Bank Statement or Credit/Debit Card Statement or Telegraphic Transfer
    • Itemised invoice(s) or Contract or Quotation from service provider specifically for the activities
    • Copy of certificate or proof of registration (if available)

    ALL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO IP REGISTRATION IS ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM:

    1. Trademark
    2. Patent
    3. Industrial Design
    4. Geographical Indication

    *Testing and product sampling are not covered

    Application Form

    Contact Us

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    Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla
    Kota Kemuning
    40460 Shah Alam, Selangor
    Malaysia

    General Line: +6011 2066 1150