The Myanmar Intellectual Property Department (IPD) has finally begun receiving trade mark applications. The first phase of the opening has begun on 1 October 2020 and is considered a ‘soft opening’ until the new trade mark law comes into full force. During this period, trade marks filed previously under the Registration Act 1918 with the Registrar of Deeds can be refiled. This will secure the earlier date as the priority date, and parties who have been using their trade marks in Myanmar may also refile with proof of use. The soft opening period is to last six months.