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Update: Procedures for obtaining industrial design protection in Myanmar

Update: Procedures for obtaining industrial design protection in Myanmar

Following the adaptation of the Industrial Design Law (IDL) on October 31, 2023; The Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of Myanmar has declared its official commencement of accepting industrial design applications in accordance with the IDL, effective from February 01, 2024.

1. Protection criteria for industrial design in Myanmar

Accordingly, international industrial design owners including individuals and legal entities will be able to submit application for registration to IPD (through a local licensed Agent). To be eligible under the IDL of Myanmar, industrial designs must meet the following criteria:

- Novelty: any industrial design must be novel (not related to technology and function of the product), ensuring that it has not been disclosed or made public anywhere, either within Myanmar or internationally prior to the filing date or the priority date. As a consequence, industrial designs that previously recorded ownership at the Office of the Registration of Deeds cannot be re-registered due to their lack of novelty.

- Inventive steps: any design must not be the combination of known design features.

- Other: any design must not be contrary to public order, morality, faith or cherished culture of Myanmar. It can be seen that the Industrial Design Rules announced on September 29, 2023 reflect the IPD’s endeavor to harmonize design registration practices in Myanmar with international standards, particularly: Read more

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