Myanmar

Myanmar’s new IP office expected to strengthen the country’s global IP position

The new Myanmar Office of Intellectual Property has opened and started accepting trademark applications since 1 October during a ‘soft opening’ phase.

Myanmar’s new IP office expected to strengthen the country’s global IP position
Enforcement data reveals destination shift for counterfeits originating in China
7 Aug 2020

Enforcement data reveals destination shift for counterfeits originating in China

The true scope of the illicit trade of fake goods is hard to define, but analysis by Rouse indicates that Southeast Asia is a fast-rising hotspot.

Myanmar trademark office opening, Backcountry.com boycott and Facebook rebrand: news digest
8 Nov 2019

Myanmar trademark office opening, Backcountry.com boycott and Facebook rebrand: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the destination for the DesignEuropa Awards 2020, Kenya and the UK working together to tackle fakes, Monzo fails in ‘hot coral’ trademark attempt, and much more.

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4 Sep 2020

Trademark filing under Myanmar’s new trademark law to begin on 1 October 2020

In a welcome development for trademark owners worldwide, the Myanmar government has announced that the soft opening period of the Myanmar Department of Intellectual Property under the new trademark law will begin on 1 October 2020. Read more

27 Aug 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Myanmar

In the latest edition of our series on areas around the world that reportedly engage in the sale of fake goods, we take a look at counterfeit hotspots in Myanmar. Read more

29 Jul 2019

Myanmar transforming: the state of the legal market and how IP law firms can capitalise

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. Read more

1 May 2019

Practical implications of Myanmar’s new Trademark Law

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. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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5 Feb 2019

A trademark revolution in Myanmar: rights holders warned to prepare for new law

The trademark environment in Myanmar is on the verge of wholesale transformation following the signing into law of new legislation by the country’s president. Read more

27 Mar 2014

New Consumer Protection Law: strengthening consumers' rights against counterfeits

The President of Myanmar has approved the country’s first Consumer Protection Law, which is now in force. The new law contains 12 chapters and 31 sections addressing consumers’ rights and manufacturers’ liabilities. While waiting for the approval of the long-awaited trademark law, the Consumer Protection Law provides new means to combat counterfeit and substandard products and services.

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15 Mar 2018

Filing strategies following adoption of Trademark Bill - what mark owners should know

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.

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19 Jan 2018

Controversy over #MeToo application, Myanmar IP overhaul, and California cannabis marks: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at a controversial trademark related to the #MeToo hashtag, California accepting state-wide trademarks for cannabis-related goods, and more. Read more

23 Sep 2013

Trademark Law: the long wait may soon be over

At present, there are no specific IP laws in Myanmar - but this is about to change. The Trademark Law is now being drafted and reviewed, and is likely to be the first IP law to be established in the country. Trademark owners should immediately seek protection for their marks under the Registration Act; by doing so, they will qualify for trademark protection under the new Trademark Law as soon as it comes into effect.

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24 Jun 2013

Consumer education is an integral part of brand strategy when it comes to Myanmar

Recent reports indicate that global brands aren’t waiting for their products to hit the shelves before ramping up their advertising campaigns in Myanmar. Whether it’s Coke, Pepsi, Mastercard or Visa, marketplace sources counsel that this is clearly the most strategic approach as consumer education is vital to any branding strategy for Myanmar.

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Enforcement and Litigation

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15 Feb 2019

New Trademark Law: mark owners must be prepared

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. Read more

3 Jan 2019

Myanmar adopts long-awaited Trademark Law

The long-awaited Myanmar Trademark and Geographical Indication Law was passed by the Lower House on 12 December 2018. This update reviews the most notable changes introduced by the new law. Read more

22 Sep 2015

MITSUBISHI decision brings hopes to owners of well-known marks

The Pabedan Township Court has ruled in favour of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation in a trademark infringement case against an importer and distributor of infringing breakers bearing the mark MITSUBISHI. Among other things, the court held that the famous character of the MITSUBISHI mark could not be “unremembered or unknown to the defendant”.

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25 Sep 2012

What trademark owners need to know as Myanmar opens up to foreign brands

As Coca-Cola becomes available in Myanmar for the first time in 40 years, more international brands are likely to follow suit. There is great potential in this untapped jurisdiction - however, brand owners need to be aware of the challenges of dealing with a country that was, until very recently, under military rule.

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21 Feb 2019

Industrial Design Law adopted by Parliament - key points highlighted

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. Read more

21 Jan 2015

Trademark Law - the never-ending delay

Although the Myanmar Trademark Law has now been promised for a couple of years, the pressure on the country to enact IP/trademark laws has significantly reduced following the WTO’s decision that all ‘Least Developed Countries’, which include Myanmar, will have until July 2021 to enact IP legislation under the TRIPs Agreement. Therefore, the Trademark Law is likely to become effective in 2016 at the earliest.

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12 Mar 2013

'Champagne' is first GI to be officially protected

The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne has successfully recorded the first GI - ‘Champagne’ - in Myanmar under the recordation procedure with the Registry of Deeds and Assurance. The Ministry for Science and Technology of Myanmar has been working on the first comprehensive draft Trademark Law, which includes provisions on the protection of GIs.

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