Myanmar does not currently have substantive IP laws or proper trade mark, patent or design registration systems.  However, a trade mark, patent or design owner can file a Declaration of Ownership with the Registrar of Deeds, and Cautionary Notices are published in local newspapers.   


Draft IP laws have just been passed by the Upper House of Parliament, and are expected to enter into force later this year.  They will shortly be submitted for review and approval by the Lower House of the Myanmar Parliament and the Assembly of the Union of Myanmar respectively.  Once they have been approved by the Assembly of the Union, they will be sent to the President for his signature and will become effective on the day of publication in the Official Gazette.

Whilst the Regulations have yet to be drafted, it is understood that trade marks for which Declarations of Ownership have already been filed with the Registrar of Deeds will be recognised and given priority over other trade marks when they are filed under the new law.  We therefore recommend that anyone wishing to protect their trade marks in Myanmar should file a Declaration of Ownership at the Registry of Deeds as soon as possible, before the new law enters into force.