Myanmar Announces New Effective Date for Copyright and Industrial Design Laws

On October 18, 2023, Myanmar’s State Administration Council announced that the enforcement of the Industrial Design Law and Copyright Law, both enacted in 2019, will be effective from October 31, 2023. This establishes the new protection framework for industrial designs and copyrights.

Prior to this, on September 29, Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce set forth the Industrial Design Rules. With the law’s effective date now publicized, announcements regarding official registration processes and fees at Myanmar’s Intellectual Property Department (IPD) are anticipated soon. Rights owners are advised to begin preparations for registration to ensure their industrial designs are protected.

The new Copyright Law allows voluntary copyright recordings, offering stronger evidence of ownership during disputes. It’s important to note that copyright protection is granted automatically without the need for a mandatory registration process.

Both online and desk applications are expected to be accepted simultaneously, with the commencement date to be announced in November.

KASS is ready to assist you with the Copyright and Industrial Design registration in Myanmar. If you have any questions or require clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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