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MockDonald’s Discovered Operating in Yangon 27 Feb 2013 Deal | 3 comments

Why masquerade as Ronald McDonald in order to sell burgers when you can rope in Disney’s most famous fowl—the other famous Donald, the duck?


image source from: rocketnews24.com

Better yet, use them both. This is McQuackery! All that is needed to cap the whole deal is a Coca-Cola fountain gushing from the duck's beak.

The resulting business chicanery—pictured here—might be called MockDonald’s, or maybe WuckDuck’s, with evil-inverted golden arches on a field of red and a Quacky Meal for the little ducklings in the family.

Wake up, people! The doors to Myanmar (Burma) have been flung open and visitors are coming. If the country wants to integrate itself into the rest of the world, this copyduck stuff has to stop. If Myanmar can’t be depended upon to respect intellectual property, it won’t be taken seriously as a businessplace for global companies. That could scuttle everything.

Heed The China Lesson

Myanmar would do well to heed the China lesson. For many years, China played host to businesses such as Starbucks, Apple, Nike, IKEA and Disney, but all of them were fake — even the fried chicken vendor from that well-known Chinese province, Kentucky. When China opened itself up to the world’s trade and invited Apple and the like to set up shop, the global business leaders took a look at their local imitators and marched them off to court.

So before Myanmar’s economy can get a boost from global brand names, Myanmar’s businesspeople and leadership must come to terms with this thing called intellectual property, or IP. Love him or loathe him, Ronald McDonald belongs to someone else. He is not available for mascoting. If a local entrepreneur dresses up his business in Ronald’s clothes, people with more clout than he has will sue him out of every coin he has.

Stealing proprietary ideas and trademarked identities is as illegal as stealing physical property. Myanmar must tighten and stringently enforce its IP legislation. It must put out the word that copycats aren’t allowed in Myanmar.

In order to prosper in the 21st century, Myanmar has to leave the 17th and 18th centuries in terms of its parochial understanding of international law and global business practices. If it doesn’t, when the real McCoys—and McDonald’s—show up, there will be financial pain.

Are McDonald’s and Starbucks in Myanmar?

Myanmar’s cities look unfamiliar to visitors. That’s the beauty of them. In large part, that is why visitors love to visit: Myanmar looks like itself! There is vitality in our business districts without iconic global structures, like Golden Arches, anchoring every other intersection.

Yet you ask, are McDonald’s and Starbucks in Myanmar? The answer is… no. Not yet. It is wishful thinking to believe that Myanmar people, if given the chance, won’t be enticed by the lure of a Happy Meal or a foaming coffee. The story has played out the same, time and time again, with fries and a burger becoming a staple order at the carry-out counter. If it happens here, that’s OK. Myanmar culture is strong and will remain unique for many decades to come.

Yet as Myanmar edges closer to being a full-fledged democracy, some of the people will inevitably demand the real thing, even if it’s foreign, fattening, or foolhardy: Bona fide products instead of bogus ones… genuine human choices from a lengthy list of choices… real freedom rather than a long leash.

The genie is out of the bottle. Time to put the MockDucks in the trashcan and to respect international commercial law. Then international business titans can respect Myanmar and want to be a part of its success story.


For more insight into the workings of the Burmese economy and political climate, be sure to check out our section on Business in Myanmar.

What do the travelers say?

babyone, Singapore
March 05, 2013
That's hilarious! A true example of 'When Donald meets Ronald'!!! HAHAHAa
Bluesky, United States
March 05, 2013
McDonald's has been suing Chinese restaurant chains like this left right and center, and even took China's Trademark Appeal Board, the country's top trademark watchdog to court! Disney has also been actively suing Mascot copiers too. So sure you'll see them going after copycats soon
Asiatia79, United Kingdom
March 12, 2013
That duck is crazy. It's owner is crazier. Disney is hot on this kind of thing. "Don't mess with the Mouse".

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