Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce, which now houses the IP Department, issued notification no. 63/2020 on 28 August 2020 announcing the launch of the soft-opening period for refiling trademarks. At long last the soft-opening period will start on Thursday 1 October 2020. See here for background.

Existing trademark holders who recorded their trademarks under the previous system are required to re-file their marks under the new system in order to preserve their earlier priority date. If not any later new filing will be granted a priority date of the date of filing.

Applications in the soft launch period may not add goods/services over those for which they are already registered under the old system. Any marks that don’t qualify for refiling during the soft opening period will only be able to be filed after the soft opening period, probably in 6 months time.