Applications for registration of sound marks have been accepted by Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) since September 1, 2017, in accordance with recent amendments to the Trademark Act B.E. 2534 (1991) and Ministerial Regulation No. 5 B.E. 2560 (2017), as reported in previous issues of this publication (see Informed Counsel Vol. 8 No. 4 and Vol. 9 No. 1). Generally speaking,...

Dear valued colleagues and brand owners, We are pleased to inform you that the new Myanmar Trademark Law (MTL) was passed by the Union Parliament of Myanmar and all the registered trademarks require re-applying for the validity of the trademarks according to the new Law. The Law will come into force following the directive of the President, expecting to come into effect three or six months...

Official Notice of IP Office of Vietnam: https://interfive.com.vn/documents/CPTPP-VN.pdf The CPTPP introduces a number of significant changes in Vietnam from an intellectual property perspective, some of which took immediate effect on 14 January 2019. (Per Article 5.3 of Vietnam’s Law on Intellectual Property as well as other laws such as the Law on Treaties of 2016, the CPTPP, as an...

Many changes have been introduced to the Madrid Goods & Services (MGS) Manager since the beginning of 2019. For example, the database is now aligned with the 2019 eleventh edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services, which includes 215 new terms. Also, the Georgian Intellectual Property Office is a new participant, taking the number of contributing national and regional offices...

On January 30, 2019, Myanmar’s long-awaited Industrial Design Law – the first legislation specifically addressing the protection of industrial designs in the jurisdiction’s history – was passed into law. The law lays out a comprehensive framework for the protection of rights over the external visual design of objects (i.e. the aesthetic design, rather than the practical). It will be implemented...