Myanmar needs to follow IP treaties related to trade and participate in IP agreements among ASEAN countries

Myanmar must prepare to join the IP international agreements involved in the ASEAN IP action plan, said Chairman of the Central Committee on Intellectual Property Rights Deputy Prime Minister Union Defence Minister General Mya Tun Oo at the meeting 1/2023 of the central committee at the Ministry of Commerce in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Speaking on the occasion, the General who serves as Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister for Defence, said that out of four copyrights laws, the Trademark Law came into force on 1 April 2023, and the registration of trademarks was officially accepted from 26 April this year. The Ministry of Commerce, the Customs Department and the Supreme Court of the Union have released relevant bylaws, procedures and notifications for implementation of the Trademark Law.
The General urged all to continue implementation of the remaining Industrial Designs Law, Patent Law and Copy Rights Law to be able to come into force.
The General stressed the need to form the IP Rights Central Committee with experts from the intellectual property arena. As IP Agency has been formed, the duties and functions of the agency must be undertaken under Section 8 of Chapter IV of the IP Law.
Being a member of the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization, Myanmar needs to follow the IP treaty related to trade as well as participate in the IP agreement among ASEAN countries. Myanmar has to implement the IP action plan in building the ASEAN Economic Community similar to other member states. Myanmar must prepare to join the IP international agreements involved in the ASEAN IP action plan.
The General urged ministries in charge and relevant ministries and NGOs involved in the IP Rights Central Committee to participate in their respective sectors in implementing the intellectual property protection system which will contribute to the economic objectives of the State.

Vice-Chair of the Central Committee Union Minister for Commerce U Aung Naing Oo reported on the enactment of the copyrights laws, plans to appoint copy rights experts, advantages in IP registration and measures to be taken to be able to keep abreast of other nations regarding IP.
The secretary and the joint secretary of the central committee reported on the accomplishment of the decisions from previous meetings and letters on intellectual rights.
Members of the central committee deputy ministers and officials presented undertaking of relevant ministries in copyrights measures. Then, the decision (draft) of the 1/2023 meeting was approved. —MNA/TTA

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