In view of Thailand's geographic and strategic position for transportation and transition of goods in Southeast Asia as well as the looming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) involving the establishment of a “Single Window” for importation of goods into AEC, strong and effective customs procedures have never been so crucial. Whilst there are many ways to enforce IPR, border measures enforcement is indubitably one that should not be put aside by IPR holders.

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Vidon Thailand was a sponsor of the French Thai Chamber of Commerce (FTCC) Joint Chambers Breakfast Talk "Leveraging the ASEAN Economic Community for Greater Growth and Development” held in Bangkok on July 10th, 2014.

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As a recently opened market with a great potential, a member State of ASEAN and a signatory to the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement, Myanmar is attracting many foreign investors who yet carefully consider the old (or even outdated) and limited legal framework.

Before entering a new market, you should start by protecting your intellectual property assets, such as but not limited to, your mark at the earliest possible so as to establish your rights in the local market first and have adequate tools to defend or enforce such rights against infringers.

Myanmar is currently revising its Intellectual Property system and drafting specific Intellectual Property laws, notably the Trademark Law which is expected to be enacted within this year 2014.

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Myanmar is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), also a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a signatory to the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement. The current draft of the new Patent Law of Myanmar is intended to set up an appropriate legal intellectual property right system in order to promote technical innovation and foreign investment as well as industrial development in the country.

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(Last update: January 15th, 2014)

Since the organic law n°2004-192 of February 27, 2004 on the independence status, French Polynesia has prerogatives regarding protection of IP rights. Patents, trademarks and designs are concerned, as well as utility certificates and semiconductor products topographies registered in France.

Law 2013-14 of May 6, 2013 (and its decree 1002/CM of July 22, 2013) defines the rules of protection of IP rights in Polynesia:
IP rights filed before the French PTO are protected in French Polynesia under the same conditions as those applied in France, to the condition of their admission by French Polynesia.

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