Myanmar

Myanmar

Official language: Burmese

Population: 51.5 million (2014)

Economic snapshot: Emerging economy

IP snapshot: Draft IP laws have been published but not passed yet

 

STRUCTURE OF ECONOMY:

Agricultural processing, Wood and wood products, Apparel, Information technology, Mining (copper, tin, tungsten, iron), Cement and Construction materials, Petroleum and natural gas, Jade and gemstones, Fertilizers.

IP CONVENTIONS:

Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

TYPES OF PATENTS:

Nil – no patent legislation in force

FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR PCT APPLICATIONS:

Nil

NOVELTY:

Not Applicable

ACCELERATED/EXPEDITED EXAMINATION:

Not Applicable

NON-PATENTABLE SUBJECT MATTER:

Not Applicable

NOTES:

No IP laws in Myanmar exist as yet. Owners of IP rights in other jurisdictions may protect their rights in Myanmar by declaring their ownership. Legal protection will therefore come about under the relevant penal or civil code (for example under Myanmar Penal Code 1860). The ownership declaration can be filed with the Registrar of Deeds and Assurances. Announcing to the public of the submission of the declaration may be done by also filing a Cautionary Notice. Unregistered Patents cannot be the subject of a Cautionary Notice.