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The Soft-Opening for re-filing trademark in Myanmar will start on October 2020

Following our Newsletter 3 on registration of Trademark in Myanmar, we would like to inform you that the Ministry of Commerce of Myanmar has issued the Notification No. 63/2020 announcing the Soft-Opening period for re-filing trademark in Myanmar will start on October 1st, 2020 under Section 93(a) of the Trademark Law. Under which, the following documents may be submitted to prove trademark’s prior rights or use in Myanmar:


The Soft-Opening for re-filing trademark in Myanmar was initially scheduled to launch in the beginning of January 2020, it has seemed to be consolidated when the Ministry of Commerce of Myanmar held the Training Session for E-Filing System of Trademarks for local IP Agents in the last December 17, 2019 in Nay Pyi Taw. However, up to now, the Soft-Opening period for re-filing trademark in Myanmar has not been launched yet and upon our discussion with the IP officials responsible for Soft-Opening, no information on the official launching date available so far.


Following the enactment of Trademark Law in the end of March 2019, the Government of Myanmar is making numerous efforts to soon establish a new system of trademark in Myanmar to replace its old one where trademarks registered under Deeds of Trademark ownership with the Office of the Registration of Deeds. During the Myanmar E-Services Implementation and Knowledge Exchange Workshop hosted by the Ministry of Education and WIPO on October 22nd, 2019; it is revealed that:

Validation of Chinese Patent in Cambodia: A simple and fast way to be granted!

Dear Valued Associates,

Since the Memorandum of Understanding on the registration of patents signed between State IP Office (SIPO) of China and Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology & Innovation (MISTI)* of Cambodia came into effects on April 01, 2018; statistics show hundreds of Chinese Patents have been successfully validated and granted for the invention...

New requirements for maintenance of Trademark in Cambodia

Recently, the DIP has made some new requirements for maintenance of trademark in Cambodia as a move to more strictly monitor the indication of use of the registered mark in Cambodia. Once a trademark in Cambodia is granted Registration Certificate, its owner should note the date for filing an affidavit to the Department of Intellectual Property of Cambodia.

Registration of Industrial designs in Vietnam through the Hague System from beginning 2020

Following the submission of instrument to join the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of Industrial designs on September 30, 2019, Vietnam has become the 61st member of the 1999 Act and 71st member of the Hague Union. The 1999 Act has officially come into effect in Vietnam since December 30, 2019 and from now on, foreign companies and designers can seek design protection in Vietnam through the Hague System.

Application of International Patent Classification (IPC) version 2020.01 for the registration of Patent in Vietnam

According to the Official Notice No. 3392/TB-SHTT dated November 19, 2019 of the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) of Vietnam, as of January 01, 2020, the new version of IPC 2020.01 (under Strasbourg Agreement) shall be officially applied for the classification of technical solutions which claim for protection in the application for registration of Patent in Vietnam. In addition to the versions in two authentic languages as English and French provided by WIPO, the Vietnamese version is also provided to assist individuals and organizations to apply for the protection of Patent in Vietnam

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