IPOPHL Supports Myanmar in Establishing its IP Office


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IPOPHL Officials led by Deputy Director General Allan B. Gepty welcomed the delegation of  Myanmar headed by Director General Win Khaing Moe.

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) opened its doors to a ten-member delegation from Myanmar, headed by Director General Win Khaing Moe of the Ministry of Education. The Delegation stayed in the Philippines from December 13 to December 16 to  interact with relevant IPOPHL Bureau Officials.  With Myanmar aiming to create its own IP Office, the study visit was an opportunity for them to acquaint themselves with the core functions and operational systems of IPOPHL.

During the four-day visit,   the delegation was afforded the opportunity to have a face to face discussion on how the IPOPHL was established and how it is currently organized. Lectures on procedures for the grant of patents and registration of trademarks, utility model, industrial designs and copyright.

Director General Win Khaing Moe expressed his sincere gratitude to IPOPHL for the warm welcome and support given to his delegation. He mentioned that their visit may have been short but the learnings they got will be very useful guidelines when they establish their own IP Office. IPOPHL Director General Santiago, through Director Carmen G. Peralta, assured Myanmar of IPOPHL’s continued support and further assistance in this undertaking.

Besides Director General Win Khaing Moe, the Myanmar delegation was composed of Dr. Moe Moe Thwe, Director; Dr. Hnin Nwe Aye, Deputy Director; Dr. Kyi Pyar Moe, Deputy Director; Dr. Seint Thanda Tun, Deputy Director, Dr. Pwint Phyo Win, Deputy Director; Mrs. Su Mon Hlaing, Superintendent; Mrs. Yi Mon Hlaing, Deputy Staff; Mr. Htwe Win, Deputy Staff Officer; and Mr. Masanobu Ueda, JICA Expert. Mr. Ueda the JICA Expert shared that he now better understands the Philippine IP System and mentioned that it is simpler than the procedure they do in Japan.

The visit ended in a spirit of camaraderie and the commitment to continue the conversation in the future to better prepare Myanmar in establishing its own IP System.