On January 30, 2019, Myanmar’s long-awaited Industrial Design Law—the first legislation specifically addressing the protection of industrial designs in the jurisdiction’s history—was passed into law. The law lays out a comprehensive framework for the protection of rights over the external visual design of objects (i.e….

Thailand’s draft Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), which was approved by the Council of State in December 2018, is now under consideration of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), which will appoint an extraordinary committee to consider the details. Once the committee approves the draft, the…

On December 28, 2018, Notifications of the Trade Competition Commission (TCC) related to merger control under Section 51 of the Trade Competition Act, B.E. 2560 (2017) were published in the Government Gazette, coming into effect on the following day. The notifications fix legal definitions for…

Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly passed a new act on December 13, 2018, which will amend the current Labor Protection Act (LPA). The new law will become effective 30 days after its publication in the Government Gazette, which is expected to be in early 2019. The…

Myanmar’s long-awaited Trademark Law passed the Lower House of Parliament on December 12, 2018, and has now been sent to the Office of the President to be signed into law. If the President wishes to make amendments to the Law, he is able to return…

A new Ministerial Regulation was published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on November 20, 2018, requiring business operators who are engaged in direct sales or direct marketing activities to place a guarantee with the Office of the Consumer Protection Board of Thailand (OCPB) within 90 days….

On August 3, 2018, Myanmar’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) issued an announcement enacting an anti-corruption code of ethics intended to prevent corruption in both public and private transactions. The code of ethics prohibits all companies and bodies corporates incorporated under the Myanmar…

A new anti-corruption law has come into effect in Thailand. Formally named the Act Supplementing the Constitution Relating to the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption B.E. 2561 (2018) (the “New Anti-Corruption Law”), it repeals and replaces the 1999 Organic Act on Counter Corruption and its…

Vietnam’s new Law on Cybersecurity was finally adopted by the National Assembly on June 12, 2018, after more than a dozen drafts and wide debate in the business and government sectors. This Cybersecurity Law imposes tremendous obligations on both onshore and, especially, offshore companies providing…