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Taking Care of Intellectual Property Generated by Employees

In Thailand, ownership of IP created or invented by employees is addressed differently from one piece of IP legislation to the next. Managers need to understand these differences to see that the agreement properly addresses all related issues and complies with all relevant laws. As a company’s IP is generally created or invented by its employees, prudent employers should arrange for the necessary agreements to ensure that any such IP belongs to them. Overlooking this can lead to significant problems.

Full story by Piyawat Kayasit of Tilleke & Gibbins: https://www.tilleke.com/resources/taking-care-intellectual-property-generated-employees

IPOPHL proposes enforcement amendments to the IP code of Philippines

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has submitted a bill to Congress proposing amendments to the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. These are aimed to support IP enforcement in general and more especially in the digital environment.

Full stroy by Nick Redfearn of Rouse Magazinehttps://www.rouse.com/magazine/news/ipophl-proposes-enforcement-amendments-to-the-ip-code-of-philippines/?tag=ip%20komodo

New IP law amendments and counterfeiting report in Vietnam

The International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy initiative (BASCAP) is a business driven program focused on stopping counterfeiting. It has released its first report on IP in Vietnam. Focusing on the prevalence of fake and pirated goods, the report identifies a series of problems that cause the widespread proliferation of fakes in Vietnam. They cite a large grey economy, corruption; weak enforcement systems and poor consumer awareness. They report cites some recent developments but adds that more needs to be done.

Updates on Thailand's Trade mark Registration Practices

The current version of Thailand’s Trade mark Act came into force on July 28, 2016. The most recent amendments to the trade mark laws introduced multiple-class filings, registration of international trade marks, new methods to calculate official fees, and the acceptance of sound marks. What did not change were the formality requirements and the general examination practices of the Thai Trade mark Office. Nevertheless, we have recently come across certain issues that require increased scrutiny from trade mark owners.

Full story by Kasama Sriwatanakul of Tilleke & Gibbins: https://www.tilleke.com/resources/updates-thailands-trademark-registration-practices

Practical Implications of Myanmar's New Trademark Law

On January 30, 2019, Myanmar’s long-awaited Trade mark Law was signed into law, effectively establishing the framework for a comprehensive trade mark registration system open to both foreign and domestic trade mark owners. This highly anticipated move by the government marks an essential step in its efforts to increase Myanmar’s attractiveness as a destination for foreign investment.

Full story by Sher Hann Chua of Tillike & Gibbins: https://www.tilleke.com/resources/practical-implications-myanmars-new-trademark-law

Myanmar Enacts Copyright Law

Myanmar’s Copyright Law was finally enacted into law on May 24, 2019, effectively repealing the old Copyright Act of 1914. The law lays out the new legislative framework for the protection of literary and artistic works and other related rights, to be implemented through administrative bodies and subsidiary regulations that will be issued in due course.

Full story by Sher Hann Chua of Tillike & Gibbins: https://www.tilleke.com/resources/myanmar-enacts-copyright-law

Franchising in Myanmar

The relaxation of foreign investment restrictions and a growing, aspiring middle class have encouraged new players to enter Myanmar’s franchising industry in recent years. Previously, franchises in Myanmar predominantly operated in the food and beverage industry; however, in the last few years, the country has witnessed a growth spurt of franchise operations in the services and education sectors. While no official statistics are available on overseas franchises in the country, brands currently present in Myanmar include, among others, Best Western, Europcar, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Gymboree, KFC, Krispy Kreme, Pingu’s English, and Swensen’s.

Indonesia's Trade mark law proves to be Kryptonite to Superman

Indonesia’s problem of trade mark piracy has reared its head again. This time, DC Comics lost a recovation case against Marxing Fam Makmur‘s SUPERMAN trade mark. The Supreme Court then upheld the decision.

Read full story by Nick Redfearn of Rouse Magazinehttps://www.rouse.com/magazine/news/indonesias-trademark-law-proves-to-be-kryptonite-to-superman/?tag=ip%20komodo