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Japan Patent OfficeJPO to Establish a Support Team for Organizing Myanmar’s Intellectual Property System

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) decided to establish a Support Team for Organizing Myanmar’s Intellectual Property System, consisting of representatives of industries, officials from related ministries and agencies, and other people involved.

Taking advantage of Japan’s know-how for operating intellectual property (IP) system, the support team will promote the organization of an IP system in Myanmar, leading to encouraging Japanese companies to expand their business in the country.

1. Background and purpose

Myanmar is a prosperous production base with a movement toward the democratization and economic reform rapidly advancing. As a country with a population of 64 million, its huge market is attracting considerable interest from the whole world, not just Japan. However, in Myanmar, the IP system is not organized well, despite such a system being important infrastructure as a foundation for economic development. This lack of an IP system is a challenge to be overcome for Japanese companies to smoothly expand their business activities in Myanmar.

Aiming to promote organizing an IP system in Myanmar, the JPO decided to establish a Support Team for Organizing Myanmar’s Intellectual Property System which is a public-private support team consisting of representatives of industries and other people involved.

In August 2013, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Myanmar, and expressed his intention to enhance cooperation to establish an IP office in the country, along with other cooperation. The JPO decided to establish the support team accordingly and present specific proposals to the Myanmar by the end of this fiscal year. The proposals on the development of the IP system including the establishment of an IP office will be compiled through dialogues to be held in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city of Myanmar.

2. Outline of major activities

Concerning the following requirements for organizing an IP system in Myanmar, the support team will ascertain needs in the country through dialogues with officials from the government of Myanmar, and will provide advice and suggest approaches required to fulfill such needs:

  • Establishing an IP law and detailed regulations
  • Establishing organizations and services of an IP office scheduled to be established
  • Formulating an IP strategy
  • Establishing industrial associations related to IP and associations of patent attorneys

3. Schedule

The support team is scheduled to launch its activities within October 2013, and to compile and present specific proposals regarding development of the IP system including the establishment of an IP office to the Myanmar side by the end of this fiscal year.

Release Date

October 2, 2013

Division in Charge

International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, JPO

Related Information

Regional Affairs / Myanmar

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