The new trade mark law passed by the Myanmar Parliament earlier this year is expected to come into force in mid-2020. Whilst the exact commencement date has yet to be confirmed, it is assumed that this will be in the first week of July 2020.
 
There is expected to be a “soft opening” of the Intellectual Property Office in January 2020, 6 months before the new law enters into force. During this transitional period, the IPO will accept applications for trade marks which have been recorded at the Registry of Deeds under the current system of trade mark protection in Myanmar. All applications filed in the transitional period will receive a filing date of the date the new law comes into force.
 
We recommend that those wishing to file trade marks in Myanmar should file Declarations of Ownership with the Registry of Deeds before the end of 2019, to enable us to file trade mark applications during the 6 month transitional period, as we understand that such trade marks will be given priority over other trade marks filed when the new law enters into force. Please note that trade marks which are the subject of Declarations of Ownership filed with the Registry of Deeds after 1 January 2020 cannot be filed at the IPO during the transitional period.
 
We encourage those who have registered Declarations of Ownership in Myanmar to forward instructions to file their trade marks at the IPO in January 2020. Unfortunately, the Regulations, including the official fees, have yet to be published, so we are unable to advise of the cost of filing under the new law yet. This information will be made available as soon as the official fees have been finalised.