Foong Cheng Leong

Foong Cheng Leong is a lawyer focusing in the areas of Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Internet, Social Media and Cyber laws, Franchise, Privacy and Data Protection laws.


Cheng Leong graduated from the University of Sheffield with Honours and was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in 2005. He joined Messrs Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, one of Malaysia's most reputable law firms in 2004 as a Chambering Student and was retained in the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Department. He was promoted to Senior Associate in 2009 and left the firm in 2012 to establish this firm. He brings with him vast experience in the field of Intellectual Property.

Throughout his service with his previous firm, he regularly attends conferences such as the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) and Asian Pacific Patent Attorney conferences on behalf of the firm.

Cheng Leong is also committed to serve the Malaysian Bar. He is the Chairman of the KL Bar Information Technology Committee and also a member of the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee. He regularly assists the KL Bar and the Bar Council on matters regarding Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Data Protection.

  • Intellectual Property and Information Technology

    Cheng Leong is a registered trade marks, patents and industrial designs agent.

    He advises his clients on the protection of their intellectual property rights and information technology. He had been involved in the management of intellectual properties of many well known international and local companies and prosecuted and/or procured the registration of trade marks, industrial designs and patents in Malaysia and many other jurisdictions around the world. He also advises and drafts contracts relating to intellectual property and information technology.

    Cheng Leong was involved in numerous contentious matters involving counterfeiting, passing off, trade marks, industrial designs, patents and copyright infringement, online disputes including online defamation, breach of confidentiality and others. Some of these cases were reported in the local legal journals such as the following:
    1. LB Confectionary Sdn Bhd v. QAF Ltd; Perbadanan Harta Intelek Malaysia (Interested Party) &Another Case [2008] 10 CLJ 264
    2. Ultra Dimension Sdn Bhd v. American Home Assurance Company;Rewardstreet.com (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Third Party) [2009] 9 CLJ 589
    3. Lockheed Martin Corporation v. Raytheon Company [2010] 4 CLJ 95
    4. Berjaya Land Berhad v. Wong Chee Hie & Ors [2010] 1 LNS 983
    5. Berjaya Land Berhad v. Wong Chee Hie & Ors [2011] 1 LNS 1583
    6. Yong Sze Fun & Anor v. Syarikat Zamani Hj Tamin Sdn Bhd & Anor [2011] 1 LNS 1307
    7. NEP Holdings (Malaysia) Berhad v CK Filtration Technology Sdn Bhd [2013] 1 LNS 516
    8. NCTech Int Bhd v NCV Technologies Sdn Bhd [2015] 1 LNS 332
    9. Doretti Resources Sdn Bhd v Fitter Marketing Sdn Bhd & 4 Ors [2017] 1 LNS 738
    10. Chuah Aik King v Keydonesoft Sdn Bhd [2018] 1 LNS 607
  • Internet, Social Media and Cyber Laws

    Being a blogger himself, he is familiar with the laws and issues concerning bloggers and social media.

    Cheng Leong authored and/or was featured in the following articles:
    1. "Minimising the risks in blogging" (2009) – The Star Newspaper
    2. "If your copyright is not protected, your future is not protected" (2009) - Sin Chew Daily
    3. "Tweet at your own risk" (2010) - The Star Newspaper
    4. "Tweet below the law" (2010) – The Star Newspaper
    5. "Quick, throw your CDs away! There's a roadblock" (2010) - www.LoyarBurok.com
    6. "Internet Service Provider Liability Act: Do we need one?" (2010) - www.LoyarBurok.com
    7. "Blog postings can backfire" (2011) – The Star Newspaper
    8. "Computing Professional Bill 2011 – Ambiguity, Arbitrariness and Uncertainty" (2011) - www.LoyarBurok.com
    9. "What lies ahead for social media" (2012) - The Star Newspaper
    10. "Grave Repercussions for Internet Users" (2012) –www.LoyarBurok.com

    He has delivered the following presentations:
    1. "Blogging and Defamation", an event organized by the KL Bar Information Technology Committee held at the Bar Council Auditorium in 2008. Notable co-speakers were Member of Parliament Jeff Ooi and lawyer Nizam Bashir;
    2. "Blogging and Intellectual Property Laws", at the eLawyer Law Conference in 2009 held at University Malaya;
    3. "The Laws against Crimes Committed in Cyberspace" an event organized by the Asian Business Forum in 2009;
    4. "The Laws against Crimes Committed in Cyberspace" to a major telecommunication and internet service provider in 2009;
    5. "Blogging and Malaysian Laws" at "Writing Blogs", an event organized by The New Straits Times in 2009;
    6. "Blogging and Copyright Laws" at "eLawyer - Exabytes Penang Bloggers & Law Forum 2009" held at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang;
    7. Co-panelist for one of the sessions of "Asian Bloggers and Social Media Conference" held at Times Square in 2010;
    8. Guest speaker at "Getting Social" at Pecha Kucha, an event organized by the British Council in 2011;
    9. "Trade Mark & Copyright Conference - Using Social Media to Promote your Brand: The Issues, an event organized by CrimsonLogic in 2011;
    10. Freedom of Speech in the New Media, an event organized by the KL Bar Information Technology Committee held at the Bar Council Auditorium in 2011. Notable co-speakers were Jahabar Sadiq, CEO of The Malaysian Insider and Fahmi Fadzil, political secretary of PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah; and
    11. "The Laws Against Crimes Committed in Cyberspace" - Are We Adequately Protected? In 2012 at the 6th CSI Annual World Conference Series: The 3rd International Cyber & Economic Crimes Conference (ICECC)

    He also made various media appearances on podcasts, television and radio. The notable appearances were:
    1. The Edge's podcast entitled "The Digital Edge 25: The #yorais mob" in 2010;
    2. BFM Radio to speak about "Legal Implication on Social Media: Defamation and Libel" in 2011;
    3. LOLShow podcast to speak about the amendments to the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984 in 2011; and
    4. NTV7's The Breakfast Show to speak about "Social Media Law in Malaysia" in 2011.
  • Privacy and Data Protection

    With the passing of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA), Cheng Leong was involved in numerous training and compliance exercise for his clients to comply with the new data protection law.

    He had assisted the compliance of the PDPA for various companies including major insurance and telecommunication companies, and a national utilities provider. He had also advised many large and multinational companies on numerous issues regarding the PDPA.

    He had contributed to the Malaysian chapter of the book "Data Protection Laws of the World" published by Sweet & Maxwell, which consists of legal texts of various data protection laws of the world.
    1. "Personal Data & the Law" (2010) – The Star Newspaper
    2. "Keeping it Private" (2010) – The Star Newspaper
    3. "Right to Privacy in Malaysia: Do we have it?" (2011) - www.LoyarBurok.com and http://www.theMalaysianInsider.com
    4. "What happened to Teoh Beng Hock's Right to Privacy?" (2011) - www.LoyarBurok.com
    5. "Personal Data Protection Act 2010" – The Law Review 2011
    6. "My Neighbour is Spying on Me!" – www.LoyarBurok.com

    He has delivered the following presentations:
    1. "Data Protection in Malaysia", to the members of The Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association of Malaysia (REHDA) in 2010;
    2. "Data Protection in Malaysia", an event organized by the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee at the Bar Council in 2010;
    3. "Data Protection in Malaysia" to members of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) in 2010;
    4. "Data Protection in Malaysia" to members of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG) in 2010;
    5. "Data Protection and Privacy Laws in Malaysia", an event organized by CSI World Headquarters Malaysia in 2011;
    6. "Data Protection Act: The Malaysian View", an event organized by CrimsonLogic in 2011;
    7. "Data Protection in Malaysia" to members of the Malaysian Institute Corporate Governance (MICG) at the Going Public Conference 2011;
    8. "Bangsar South City Knowledge Clinics - Online Security & Data Protection in 2011" an event organized by Bangsar South City;
    9. "Data Protection in Malaysia" to the members of the The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) at the MAICSA Annual Conference 2011

    Cheng Leong made his second appearance on NTV7's The Breakfast Show to speak about "Privacy and Personal Data in Malaysia" in 2011 and also his second appearance on BFM Radio to speak about "Msia I Can Series: The Right to Your Privacy" in 2012.
  • Technology

    Cheng Leong is passionate on championing the use of technology for legal practice.

    He published an article entitled, "All Lawyers Should Have an iPad!"' regarding the use of tablets for legal practice.



    He also spoke about The Use of Technology Amongst Lawyers at the Bar Council. In this presentation, Cheng Leong introduced the use of cloud computing, mobile working, tools for marketing and tablets. Subsequent to the presentation, he created a website with search engines to search for unreported Malaysian cases and Industrial Court cases. These search engines are called the FCL&Co Unreported Malaysian Cases Search and FCL&Co Industrial Court Cases Search. The search engines can be accessed at his blog at www.FoongChengLeong.com.

    Cheng Leong reviewed LexisNexis' mobile application, Lexis® for Lawyers in Asia 2. For his service, he was invited by LexisNexis to attend their Customer Engagement Workshop in Fukuoka in 2012.

    He also founded the Malaysian Intellectual Property Practitioner eGroup, an eGroup which consists of many intellectual property practitioners and also government officials. He regularly shares the latest legal updates concerning intellectual property laws.
  • Franchising

    Cheng Leong had procured the registrations of franchise in Malaysia for many of his clients notably food and beverage franchises and clothing and fashion franchises.

    He advises his clients on the requirements of the Malaysian Franchise Act 1998 also drafts and reviews licensing and franchise agreements.

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