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Monday, October 3, 2016

Myanmar counterfeiting case

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U Tint Naing Vs. Daw Kyu Kyu San & others is a rare example of a criminal counterfeiting case from 2015 in the Yangon courts. It began when the Myanmar distributor on Korean company Nature Republic Co. Ltd Korea took action against 4 shop owners in Yuzana Plaza, Yangon claiming they were selling counterfeit cosmetics.  The police then further arrested a wholesaler and discovered the fake goods were imported. The 4 retailers cooperated and the wholesaler paid compensation. Public apologies were published in local newspapers and the Court eventually discharged the defendants.  

Most fakes in Myanmar come overland from China. As yet no trademark law exists, but it is possible to enforce other rights.

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