On 5 April 2023, the Myanmar Intellectual Property Department (MIPD) announced that the grand opening of the new trademark registration system will take place on 26 April 2023 ("5 April Announcement").
The key takeaways from the 5 April Announcement are set out below.
The "soft opening period," which began on 1 October 2020, was announced by the Ministry of Commerce in Order No. 63/2020.
The soft opening period was restricted only to trademarks that have been registered via Declarations of Ownership filed with the Office of the Registration of Deeds and/or trademarks that have enjoyed use in Myanmar (for instance, evidenced by publication of a cautionary notice) (collectively, "Registered/Used Marks"), whereas all other trademarks ("New Marks") may only be filed after the grand opening.
In conjunction with the 5 April Announcement and our unofficial discussions with the MIPD, the key takeaways are as follows: Read more