Effective and Legitimate way to register Geographical Indications (GIs)

“Registration of Geographical Indications (GIs) is always a big issue. we noted some GIs were registered under current registration system and stated as owner and sole proprietor of the mark, actually GIs does not belong to one owner it is like collective mark” said U Min Tayza Nyunt Tin, expert of EU-ASEAN help desk and Managing partner of U Nyunt Tin Associates. Although no specific law on GIs is enacted in Myanmar but registration of GI is happening and appearing GIs cautionary notice on the newspapers and weekly journals. “Effectiveness of GIs registration as trademark may less if the Declaration stated sole owner or proprietor. Therefore, at this moment before enactment of new IP Laws, Declaration as an ownership of Collective Mark is the best way to register and protect GIs” said U Min Tayza Nyunt Tin. Myanmar Lawmakers are considering to enact law for Geographical Indications before 2020. However GI provisions will be included in Trademark law which will be enacted in this year 2014.