21 May 2013

Deputy Minister Aung Zaw Min highlighted importance of IPR in Myanmar

A robust Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infrastructure is critical for businesses seeking to sell their trademarked products/services in Myanmar. The government of Myanmar has recently acknowledged the importance of IPR in a discussions on industrial design rights bill. Read more here...

Myanmar looks set to modernize its IPR framework which currently do not conform to international standards. Presently, there is no specific trademark legislation in Myanmar and trademark rights are "acquired" through registration of Cautionary Notice published at local newspapers and proof of use of the mark.

The government acknowledgement is a positive development but it remains to be seen if they have the political wills in implementing the necessary reforms.