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Myanmar prepares for new IP laws

Karry Lai, Asialaw, Hong Kong

The creation of a comprehensive IP regime is finally on the horizon in Myanmar. In July, draft bills on trade mark, copyright, patent and industrial design were sent to the legislative committee for deliberation. Implementing regulations are expected to come in later this year. Local lawyers believe that the trade mark law will have the most take up for brand owners. However, they share concerns of the judiciary’s lack of specialised IP experience

Other than the Burma Copyright Act 1914 and a definition of trade mark in the Penal Code which is close to 150 years old, there have not been any IP-related laws in Myanmar. The lack of an IP regulatory framework...

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