Since the first reported case of COVID-19 on March 23, 2020, the Myanmar Government has published several guidelines for preventing the further spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health and Sports has strengthened health and hygiene practices, to apply to different workplaces, as there is a move towards the reopening of businesses. Employers must ensure the health and safety of their employees...

Cambodia is set to become the latest member of the Berne Convention - the key international treaty governing copyright and related rights - following a law passed on June 27, 2020, ratifying the convention and authorizing the government to take steps to implement it. The most anticipated change resulting from this development will be the automatic protection of foreign works—both newly created...

TM Law
Almost a year and a half after Myanmar enacted the Trademark Law 2019 on January 30, 2019, the same question still lingers in the minds of many brand owners and attorneys: “When will the Trademark Law come into force?” Despite rumors and speculation, the government has yet to fix a date for the law’s implementation. Ministry Mandate Since the law’s passage in 2019, the Ministry of Commerce,...

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was ratified by Vietnam’s National Assembly on June 8, 2020, under Resolution No. 102/2020/QH14 (Resolution 102), and will take effect on August 1, 2020. Among the IP provisions in the EVFTA (Chapter 12), some will be applied directly upon the effective date of the agreement, without any changes to the current domestic laws and regulations, while...

The EU-Vietnam free trade agreement will increase Vietnam’s annual GDP growth by 0.1 percentage points and boost exports of various sectors, HSBC says. Vietnam’s National Assembly Monday ratified the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) which will cut or eliminate 99 percent of tariffs on goods traded between the two sides. It is set take effect in July. An HSBC release said that the...