The ASEAN IP Association held its first IP conference in Myanmar this weekend. Dr Thwe from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) explained the latest on the creation of Myanmar's new IP laws.
The new laws covering trademarks (including GIs), patents, designs and copyright, are nearing completion. Since 2004 they have been through 7 drafts, with WIPO consultations under way now. For the Trademark Law this will culminate in another WIPO consultation in May and the expectation is that this law will pass by October.
The establishment of Myanmar IP office, probably with multiple sites in capital Napidaw, as well as the largest city Yangon (where newly invested businesses tend to headquarter) and perhaps the other major city of Mandalay is under way. Trademarks, GIs, designs, patents, utility models, even copyrights will be registrable.
IP Komodo (long a Myanmar fan), is impressed by the government's eagerness and the conference was enjoyed by all.