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FEB
2017

IP Law Developments in Myanmar

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Currently, there is no dedicated statute or law on trademarks in Myanmar. However, according to Section 18(f) of the Registration Act of 1909 or Directive No. 13 of the Inspector General of Registration, it is possible for a proprietor to register a trademark by means of a “Declaration of Ownership of Trademark” with the Office of the Registration of Deeds under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and Assurances. It is accepted practice to then publish a cautionary notice detailing the registration in a local newspaper in order to make it public. The registration constitutes prima facie evidence of trademark ownership in a criminal or civil proceeding against an infringer. The process is described in more detail here:
 
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