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FY2014 Role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Follow-up Seminar in Myanmar

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Role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Date (Seminar) October 13 ,2014
(Alumni Meeting) October 14, 2014
Venue Hotel Max (Royal Kumudra Hotel) Nay Pyi Taw
Title "Role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)"
Organized by Japan Patent Office (JPO),
Ministry of Science and Technology of Myanmar (MOST)
Program Click here
Language Myanmar Language, Japanese
Contact Person Dr. Pwint Phyo Win
Dr. Hnin Nwe Aye
Ministry of Science and Technology
Tel: 95-067-404-483
Fax: 95-067-404-011

Follow-up Seminar (Myanmar)

A follow-up seminar was held in Myanmar's capital city of Naypyidaw on October 13, 2014. The seminar was part of a project undertaken by the Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation (JIPII) on consignment from the Japan Patent Office (JPO) to promote development of human resources who will work for the protection of intellectual property rights involving Japanese companies operating overseas. This marked the first time that a seminar has been held in Myanmar under the project.

The seminar was held by the JIPII under the sponsorship of the JPO and Myanmar's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The seminar began with opening remarks by Mr. Kyaw Zwa Soe, Director General of MOST, and Mr. Masahiro Hagiwara, Assistance Director of the International Cooperation Division in the Policy Planning and Coordination Department of the JPO. The seminar was attended by about 60 people, including university officials and businesspeople, as well as government officials, mainly from MOST.

The seminar, titled "Role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)," was divided into two sessions. Session 1 was titled "Role of IPP" and Session 2 "Enhancement of Public Awareness-Raising regarding IP." The opening ceremony was followed by an introductory session in which Dr. Moe Moe Thwe, Deputy Director of the Intellectual Property Section of MOST, delivered a speech under the title "Current Status and Challenges of IP Legislation in Myanmar." Dr. Thwe was a long-term trainee under this project, first undertaken in fiscal 2013. Other Myanmar officials who delivered speeches were Mr. Aung Myo Khaing, Director of the Department of SME Development of the Ministry of Industry (MOI), and Dr. Hnin Nwe Aye, Assistant Director of the Intellectual Property Section of MOST. Mr. Khaing spoke on the topic titled "IP Policy and Future Prospects for SMEs," and Dr. Aye on the topic titled "Future Prospects to Improve National Awareness of IPR in Myanmar." From the Japanese side, Mr. Takao Ogiya, Director General of the Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center of the JIPII, spoke twice—first on the topic titled "Utilization of IPR in Japanese SMEs” and second on the topic titled “Experience of Enhancement and Dissemination of Public Awareness in Japan regarding IP." After these speeches, a question-and-answer and information exchange session was held. Discussion at the session was lively and active, with the time allotted for it being too short for most participants.

Efforts are under way in Myanmar to establish a legal framework on intellectual property rights. In reflection of this move, participants appeared very interested in the subject and enthusiastic about disseminating what they learned at the seminar and utilizing it in their future work.

scenery at the seminar

scenery at the seminar

Group photo

Group photo


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