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Intellectual Property: Discussion On Intellectual Property Rights For SME development

29 March 2018

A discussion on Intellectual Property Rights for SME Development took place at UMFCCI in Yangon on Thursday.

The discussion is organized by the Intellectual Property Proprietors’ Association, Myanmar, IPPAM, with the support of USAID.

It aims to share the general knowledge on Intellectual Property, IP, laws and discuss the intellectual property right issues.

President, Intellectual Property Proprietors’ Association, Myanmar, Kyaw Kyaw Win said "Today's discussion is very important. We’d discuss about the need of IP law in SME and its importance. The public interest on this matter is still low as the official statement for IP law hasn't been made by National Parliament and People’s Parliament. So, we are trying our best to gain public attention for this."

With about 150 members, the IPPAM is actively cooperating with many other organizations to raise the public awareness on patents, copyrights and trademarks.

President, Intellectual Property Proprietors’ Association, Myanmar, Kyaw Kyaw Win said "A lot of SME business developers are interested in today's discussion. The first registrar on a certain product gains the patent and there are issues evolving as some business owners don’t have the knowledge to register their product or forget to register. I hope the attendees find a solution for that kind of issue after the discussion."

The association is currently working on the patent for Myanmar’s Thanakha and plans to hold “World IP Day” on the 26th of April this year.