Finally the “Grand Opening” of Myanmar’s new Trade Mark Laws has taken place. The following salient points to note are:
(1) Applicants who refiled their trade mark applications during the First Phase of the Soft Opening (1st October 2020 to 31st March 2023) must file Form TM2 (authorisation form) and pay the application fee by 30 June 2023.
(2) Applicants who refiled their trade mark applications during the Second Phase of the Soft Opening (from 3 April 2023 to 30 June 2023) must file Form TM2 and pay the application fee by 26 October 2023.
(3) Applicants who hold the endorsed Declaration of Ownership under the old Declaration Regime of actual use in Myanmar before 1st April 2023 may refile their trade mark application by 26 October 2023.
(4) New applications without prior use in Myanmar may be filed from 26 April 2023.
Each Applicant is required to execute only one notarised Form TM2 for any number of applications. A photocopy will suffice unless the original is requested by the Trade Marks Office. If you intend to protect your trade marks in Myanmar, we advise you to note the above timelines. Please contact us if you have any questions.