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Obtaining Trademark Protection in Myanmar – Strategic Approach in view of New Regime

In Myanmar, there is no proper intellectual property registration system yet. The new Trademark Law was approved by the Myanmar President on 30 January 2019 but will not be implemented until the associated new trademark rules and regulations are established.

The new trademark rules and regulations are likely to be enacted sometime next year, i.e. in 2020.

In the meantime, trademark protection in Myanmar can be obtained by way of filing a Declaration of Ownership (DOO) and publication of the trademark via a Cautionary Notice in the main newspaper of Myanmar.

For those intending to obtain trademark protection in Myanmar, you should still file trademarks now, under the current regime. Having a trademark registration under the current regime would better allow you to claim “seniority rights” when re-filing your trademarks under the new regime after it is fully enacted. This is important, as, in the event of conflicting marks being filed under the new regime, the registry will look at who has the earliest rights.

Here come some important pointers for owners of Myanmar trademarks protected under the current regime.

Important pointers for owners of Myanmar trademarks protected under the current regime (a)  Ensure your trademarks are duly renewed It is not mandatory, but highly recommended to renew your Myanmar tr ... [read more]