Article 20 of Indonesia’s Patent Law requires patent owners to either manufacture their patented products in Indonesia or use their patented processes in the country.  Although controversial, the purpose of this working requirement is to drive foreign technology transfer, investment and stimulate local employment opportunities within the country. If an invention is not worked within 36 months...

During the trademark registration process, the similarity of trademarks is determined by comparing the trademark with another registered trademark. This process may disadvantage trademark owners who own a so-called “family of trademarks.” A recent Supreme Court judgment opened the possibility of allowing a trademark owner to claim exclusive rights over the common elements of such a family of...

Investment by Thai companies in Vietnam is surging over recent years, especially after several major M&A deals in the last few years in the beverage, retail and other sectors. However, Thai companies, as well as all foreign investors in Vietnam, should be aware of some common pitfalls in regard to Vietnamese employment law. Termination of Employees One important point that new investors...

Myanmar’s Insurance Business Regulatory Board has recently announced a program of reform for Myanmar’s insurance sector, expected to allow foreign insurers to do businesses in Myanmar in the very near future. The program of reforms is expected to open the following activities, among others, and within limited conditions, to foreign insurers: Sale of life and non-life insurance policies to...

On June 12, 2018, Vietnam passed a new Law on Competition that will take effect on July 1, 2019, replacing the Law on Competition of 2004. The new law brings about several changes affecting intellectual property. Notably, it eliminates many of the discrepancies between the current 2004 Competition Law and the Intellectual Property Law in dealing with IP-related unfair competition. Acts of...