The new office marks the first opening of an international IP firm in the country.
The office, located in Yangon, offers filing and prosecution for trade marks, patents designs and geographic indications, as well as broader portfolio management, commercial work and IP commercialisation services such as technology transfer.
The office will be run by Rouse Partner and Thailand Country Manager Fabrice Mattei, who is also our Head of Patents. He is joined by Moe Mynn Thu who is a qualified attorney in Myanmar. Moe joins us from Myanmar Brewery Limited, and brings a wealth of experience to the team. As well as being an experienced IP attorney, he also lectures in law at Yangon University and is a member of the IP laws drafting committee of Myanmar.
Chief Executive of Rouse, Luke Minford, said:
“We are delighted to announce the opening of Myanmar office, the first of its kind for an international IP firm. We have worked actively in the Myanmar market for several years, and believe the time is now right to establish a base in the country. We already manage the IP of over 50 clients in Myanmar, and this step will ensure we can continue to deliver the level of service we pride ourselves on at Rouse.
Rouse is uniquely positioned to operate in Myanmar, as Fabrice Mattei and Moe Mynn Thu have been instrumental in working with the Government to develop the trademark law currently before Parliament. Combined with Rouse’s strategic global approach, we’re confident Rouse will be a strong player in this market.”
Fabrice Mattei, said:
“Myanmar is a thriving, nascent economy, with a strategic position between India, China and Thailand. Working in the country brings many opportunities, as well as challenges, to IP owners. The country’s IP regime is currently undergoing huge, and positive change – now is the right time for companies to begin to understand and protect their IP in Myanmar. I am looking forward to working with the rest of Rouse’s global network, at this incredibly exciting time.”
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