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Bokitta has won a patent lawsuit in Malaysia for its popular pinless hijab. Photo courtesy of Bokitta.

The first time a decision was reached on an intellectual property involving an article of clothing, writes Aznim Ruhana Md Yusup

LEBANESE hijab-maker Bokitta Offshore SAL says it has won a patent infringement lawsuit against an unnamed company at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. The win is especially significant, as it proved the company is the owner of a particular hijab design.

It’s believed that most lawsuits brought on by fashion brands in Malaysia involve trademark infringement, but Bokitta says this is the first time a decision was reached on an intellectual property (IP) involving an article of clothing.

The aforementioned unnamed party was selling Bokitta-style instant hijab under its own brand name, using the argument that instant hijab had existed for years. But Bokitta, which owns a Malaysian patent on the design, proved that it was unique and the first of its kind in the world. It adds that any company selling this wrapped-style instant hijab is infringing on its patent. 

Bokitta founder and CEO Mubde Absi says: “We are pleased and proud with the positive outcome of this lawsuit. Our company will continue to take all relevant measures to effectively defend our brand’s innovation and reputation. We will also do everything legally possible to protect these rights in every country.”

The company hopes the court’s decision will encourage other parties to come up with their own innovation and invention, particularly in fashion.

Bokitta adds: “This court’s decision sends a strong message to those who venture into wrong and haram ways in life to make a living by stealing other people’s intellectual property or stealing other valuable properties.”

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