25 July 2018
The “Trademark Law and Industrial Design Law” Forum took place in Yangon on Wednesday.
The Forum aims to share general knowledge on Intellectual Property (IP), laws and discuss current issues emerging across the world concerning IP rights. Judicial officers, law officers, prominent intellectual property law firms, related ministries and international organizations participated in the drafting process to harmonize the draft laws and Myanmar legal environment. Four bills concerning Trade Mark, Patent, Industrial Design and Copyright were approved by the National Parliament (Amyotha Hluttaw) and endorsed to the People's Parliament (Pyithu Hluttaw) on the 15th of February, 2018.
President, Myanmar Intellectual property proprietors’ association, Kyaw Kyaw Win said “To help the people be familiar with terms and conditions of intellectual properties and rights before the Intellectual Property law comes out, we are holding talks, forums and workshops. We need to keep raising public awareness to ensure compliance as well. The laws are required to protect businesses and copyrights for the public interest.”
Speakers discussing under the Intellectual Property Draft Laws which may affect local businesses were from Customs Department and many other associations.
Partner, Law Plus Myanmar Ltd., Khin Khin Zaw said “Myanmar people don’t know much about what the Intellectual properties are and protection of rights. The IP laws can protect the people’s rights in line with rules and regulations. People can protect their trademark, industrial design, invention and creation and also artistic works.”
Myanmar Intellectual property proprietors’ association expects that the new laws will be implemented this year.