Following the signing of major legislation, Myanmar’s IP environment is on the cusp of transformation. We provide an insider’s view on how law firms can position themselves to capitalise on inbound work from major international brands.
The new Trademark Law marks a significant step in the government’s efforts to increase Myanmar’s attractiveness as a destination for foreign investment. For rights holders, it also means that now is the time to prepare for the new regime.
Myanmar’s Trademark Law was passed by the Assembly of the Union on 30 January 2019. Importantly for mark owners, marks registered under the current system must be re-applied for once the law enters into force, otherwise they will lose their validity.
The Myanmar Industrial Design Law was passed by the Assembly of the Union on 30 January 2019 following its adoption by the Lower House and the Upper House. This update reviews the main points that industrial design owners should be aware of.
Myanmar’s new Trademark Bill introduces two important novelties: the first-to-file rule, replacing the first-to-use principle; and a transition period for past recorded marks to be re-applied for under the new law. Read more