Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Champagne : 1st geographical indication to obtain official protection in Myanmar
The Ministry for Science and Technology of Myanmar (MOSTE) has finished its draft Trade Mark Law which includes provisions on the protection of geographical indications. The draft law provides a mechanism for the registration of geographical indications. Geographical indications eligible for protection include both local and foreign geographical indications covering not only agricultural products but also handicrafts.

The draft law should be approved by the Parliament in the next coming months and possibly enter into force in July 2013. Until this, geographical indications can be protected based on their prior use in Myanmar (which is difficult due to the informal distribution channels for distributing most imported products in that country) or recordation with the Registry of Deeds and Assurance.

The Winelexgroup of Rouse Thailand has assisted The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) in successfully recording "Champagne" in Myanmar. The certificate was issued on January 2013 under the registration number IV/13428/2012 making Champagne the first geographical indication to gain official protection in that country under the recordation procedure.

Below are achievements accomplished by « Champagne » in ASEAN countries :

1st geographical indication recorded
1st European geographical indication registered
1st European geographical indication registered
2nd European geographical indication registered

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