Stay up to date with legal developments in Myanmar.
The Myanmar Government has recently reimposed its stringent measures in order to curb the spread of the second wave of COVID-19. These include the issuance of Stay-at-Home orders for certain townships in various Divisions of Myanmar, as well as notifications imposing travel restrictions.
Trademark Registration Order: Ministry of Commerce Order No. 63/2020- Soft Opening of New Registration System
On 28 August 2020, the Ministry of Commerce ("MOC") issued Order No. 63/2020 ("Order") directing all Trademark Owners to apply for trademark registration. A "Trademark Owner" is defined under Section 93(a) of the Trademark Law as an owner of a mark which is registered at the Deeds Registration Office, or an owner of a mark which is not registered but is actually in use in the Myanmar market. The Order requires such Trademark Owners to apply for Trademark Registration starting from 1 October 2020 as the Government seeks to transition from a First to Use System to a First to File System.
Myanmar Passes Gambling Law 2019 to Update its Gambling Regulatory Regime, but Many Questions Remain
On 7 May 2019, Myanmar enacted the Gambling Law 2019 (“GL 2019”), which supersedes and repeals the old Gambling Law 1986 (“GL1986”). The GL 2019 introduces significant amendments to the existing regime, with the stated aim of modernising Myanmar’s gambling law. However, the most ground-breaking change is the introduction of legalised casino gambling in Myanmar. Such a change is expected to increase tourism to the country, increase revenue generation for the State, stimulate the local economy, and create jobs for local Myanmar nationals.