Businesses in Myanmar urged to register trademarks in line with new law

Business owners should register their trademarks in line with the Trademark Law to streamline the process of shifting from the first-to-use system to the firstto-file system, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC)announced on August 28. The first-to-file system grants trademark owners the right for registration of the mark to the person who files his application under […]

Laws to protect intellectual property, encourage business in the works

Businesses in Myanmar still rely on outdated colonial-era laws enacted by the British more than one hundred years ago to protect intellectual property (IP) rights. The encourage growth, draft laws are being formulated in the Hluttaw to update the country’s regulations covering IP rights, copy right law, industrial law, patents and trademarks for enactment. To […]

Crunch Time for Copycats?

YANGON — Imagine for a moment a billboard in downtown Yangon that reads “Kandawgyi Fried Chicken… It’s finger lickin’ good!” Kentucky Fried Chicken will soon enter Yangon’s fast food market, and you can be sure the company will be concerned about preventing any upstart business using words or images similar to its trademarked brand. But […]

Long delayed IP law undergoing legal review

: A law to regulate intellectual property – covering essential matters of copyright, design, trademarks and patents – could finally be passed later this year as the latest draft is now undergoing legal review before its submission to parliament. A strong IP law is considered vital to attracting foreign investors who might otherwise be concerned […]

Intellectual Property Group to Be Formed Ahead of Expected Law

YANGON — The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) will launch a Myanmar Intellectual Property Association ahead of the expected passage of an Intellectual Property Law by Myanmara’s Parliament, according to a UMFCCI official. Aye Lwin, joint secretary general of the UMFCCI, said at a seminar on intellectual property (IP) […]

IP laws reach final draft

Pirates beware: A law protecting intellectual property (IP) could soon be on the books after intensive discussions with local and international experts on copyright, trademarks and industrial design, officials said. After 11 rounds of discussion and amendments, and with input from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the […]