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Myanmar- Starts Trademark Registration from October 1, 2020

October 7, 2020

Trademark Registration in Myanmar under the soft- opening period has commenced from October 01, 2020. The soft opening period is expected to last for a period of six (6) months i.e. till March 31, 2021, thereby allowing existing trademark holders to re-file applications for their marks(s).

Read our previous news alert regarding the commencement of soft opening period in Myanmar here.

The Myanmar IP Office is accepting the following types of new-applications re-filing under the soft opening period:

  • Trademark applications based on Declaration of Use registered with Registrar of Deeds before October 01, 2020; or
  • Trademark applications for the marks already in use in Myanmar subject to submission of concrete evidence of use (such as class and list of goods/services, tax receipt showing use of the mark, evidence of promotional activities featuring the mark, evidence of actual use of the mark in Myanmar and any other documents showing any use of the mark)

It would be pertinent to mention here that the Power of Attorney/ Form of Authorization and the Official fee under the new law have not been announced yet and are likely to be informed around the Grand Opening Date of April 1, 2021.

Filing of Application under the Soft- opening period

  1. Filing of applications for re-registration of all the marks by uploading the same on the Government portal/ database. This is only a preliminary step and will not be considered as completion of filing formalities;
  2. As and when notified by the Ministry, official fees and Form TM2 will have to be submitted.

Please note that all the applications for re-registration of the marks filed during the soft opening period from October 01, 2020 until March 31, 2021 will have the same application date i.e. the grand opening date of April 01, 2021.

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