myanmar - Intellectual Property Law

Trademark Law and Industrial Design Law enacted

Myanmar has enacted legislation to protect intellectual property (IP)in another step forward for businesses in the country.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Laws to protect Intellectual Property, encourage Business in the Works

Businesses in Myanmar still rely on outdated colonial-era laws enacted by the British more than one hundred years ago to protect Intellectual Property (IP) rights.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

MPs Bone Up on Intellectual Property Rights

The Ministry of Education and the French government organised a seminar for members of parliament about geographical indications and trademarks as the legislature prepares to review four intellectual property rights bills passed by the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House).
Date: 27 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar, Swiss Businesses discuss Need for IP, Investment Protection

Members of the local and Swiss business community discussed issues pertaining to Intellectual Property (IP) and investment protection community at the Myanmar-Switzerland Business Dialogue held Tuesday in Yangon.
Date: 14 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Heftier Fines proposed for Illegal Video Copying

The Ministry of Information has proposed a 30-fold increase in fines for video copyright violations and sought revisions to the outdated 1996 Television and Video Act.
Date: 30 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar backslides on Freedom of Expression: Digital Rights Stakeholders

A majority of stakeholders who attended Myanmar’s second digital rights forum believed that the freedom of expression in the country has worsened in 2017 while online privacy has also deteriorated.
Date: 22 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court allows Case to proceed against Tanintharyi Weekly

The Dawei Court on Thursday allowed the case to proceed against a weekly newspaper for allegedly maligning the Tanintharyi chief minister and the regional government.
Date: 22 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Yangon to probe Extra Charges on Mobile Phone Bills

The Yangon government is investigating public’s complaints about alleged extra charges on their mobile phone bills, the Regional Minister for Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication said.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament OKs Revisions to IT Monitoring Proposal

A motion urging the government to monitor information technology (IT) has been approved in Hluttaw.
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Intellectual Property Laws needed to attract Fresh Foreign Investment

Four laws related to protecting intellectual property (IP) are expected to be enacted soon to attract more foreign investment into Myanmar, especially from Japan, said Mr. Hiro Yamaoka, managing director of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO). “Enacting proper IP laws is fundamental and urgently required to attract Japanese bus ...
Date: 24 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Revised Section 66(d) Amendment Bill sent back to Amyotha Hluttaw

After making revisions to the bill amending the Telecommunications Law, the Pyithu Hluttaw has sent it back to the Amyotha Hluttaw, which initiated the bill.
Date: 21 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

66(d) necessary to prevent More Crime: Pyithu Hluttaw MP

The controversial Telecommunications section 66(d) is necessary to prevent people from committing more crimes and cannot be fully abolished, U Tun Tun Hein, chair of Bill Committee and Pyithu Hluttaw MP from Naung Cho township, said on Thursday.
Date: 11 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Newspaper Editor accuses Authorities of not respecting News Media Law

An editor of a daily newspaper accused the government of not respecting the News Media Law, which was passed by the Hluttaw and signed by the president, as it has been prosecuting journalists under the penal code without going through the proper procedures.
Date: 08 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amyotha Hluttaw amends Telecommunications Law, but Contentious Section 66(d) survives

The Amyotha Hluttaw passed the bill amending the Telecommunications Law as revised by the Bill Committee on Wednesday but took no action on calls to abolish the controversial section 66(d), said Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.
Date: 04 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ideas for amending Media Law to be submitted to Hluttaw

Amendments and additions to the Media Law will be submitted to the Hluttaw by the end of this month aiming for freedom of expression in the media, officials of the Myanmar Press Council said. They made the comments at a workshop and discussion attended by journalists from Upper Myanmar on amending the Media Law and Right to Information Law, at ...
Date: 18 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amyotha Hluttaw to discuss Amendment of Section 66(d)

The amendment of Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law will be discussed in the Amyotha Hluttaw.
Date: 14 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Twenty Two Groups launch Online Drive against Section 66(d)

A Coalition of 22 civil society groups launched an online campaign on Thursday to abolish Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law.
Date: 14 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Advocates says proposed Changes to Telecom Law don’t go far enough

The proposed changes on the country’s Telecommunications Law as announced by government are not enough to uphold and protect freedom of expression, said advocates for the abolishment of the section 66(d).
Date: 11 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amendment to Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law under Consideration

Amendment to the Section 66(d) of the country’s Telecommunications Law - which critics say suppresses free speech - is under consideration, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.
Date: 07 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Sixty One Rights Groups urge Government to repeal Section 66(d)

A joint statement issued by 61 national and international human right organisations urge the Myanmar government and parliament to repeal Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law and to decriminalise defamation. The statement urged that, at a very minimum, the law should be amended in such a way that defamation is no longer criminalised ...
Date: 03 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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