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How is Goods/Service Relatedness Significant for Trademark Registration in Vietnam?

Download The nature of goods/services is one of two prerequisite factors (together with trademark itself) in determinging the registrability of an applied-for mark. Before applying for a trademark registration, it is important to consider the goods or services that the trademark will be used for. Through a practical trademark case that KENFOX IP & Law Office has successfully overcome the provisional refusal issued by the Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam (IP VIETNAM), this article will explore the concept of goods/services relatedness and its importance in the trademark registration process in Vietnam. The factors that determine whether two goods or services are...

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Handling IPR infringement under criminal route in Vietnam: Key takeaways

 Download Counterfeiting is one of the most lucrative and expansive illicit industries in the world. Counterfeiters are becoming more sophisticated in their methods and practices, as well as in their use of counterfeiting technology to produce counterfeit products that are easier to pass off as genuine products to Vietnamese consumers. In Vietnam, criminal sanctions are available for counterfeiting offenses, including those related to intellectual property rights (IPR) infringements. However, in practice, these sanctions are rarely imposed. Nevertheless, a recent criminal case involving counterfeit goods is an applaudable effort by Vietnamese enforcement authorities to impose deterrence effects in curbing IPR infringement.  Facts: On...

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Trademark Registration in Vietnam: What You Need to Know

Download Registering a trademark in Vietnam is a crucial step for any business or individual seeking to protect their brand and prevent unauthorized use by others. However, the process of registering a trademark can be complex and involves various steps that must be carefully followed. In order to successfully register a trademark in Vietnam, it is important to understand the availability searches, required documents for filing, the trademark examiner's steps and practices, how to respond to an office action, and the current protection of unconventional trademarks such as sound and smell marks. Additionally, understanding the implications of disclaimers in the trademark...

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IP Assessment and Dispute Resolution in Vietnam: VIPRI’s Contributions and Statistics

Download The Vietnam Intellectual Property Research Institute (VIPRI) is a specialized research institution that operates under the Ministry of Science and Technology in Vietnam. The primary mission of VIPRI is to provide expert opinions and assessments related to industrial property infringement cases. In particular, VIPRI focuses on industrial property subject matters such as inventions, industrial designs, designs of semi-conducting closed circuits, trade secrets, marks, trade names, and geographical indications. As a specialized research institution in Vietnam, VIPRI provides expert opinions and assessments to concerned parties such as Vietnamese enforcement authorities, IPR holders, and alleged infringers. As of April 2023, VIPRI has only received...

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Interim guidance for handling IP-related applications under the Amended IP Law 2022

Download The Amended Intellectual Property Law 2022 (“Amended IP Law 2022” or “the prevailing law”) has been in effect since 1 January 2023, offering the expected benefits of of comprehensiveness and harmonization. This Amended IP Law 2022 promises to be a helpful tool for IPR holders and practitioners, with more than 100 amended and added articles covering a wide range of IP subject matters, including inventions, designs, trademarks and copyrights. As a matter of principle, following the amendments made to a law in Vietnam, pertinent sub-law documents such as government decrees and ministerial circulars need to be amended or replaced in...

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ASPEC Programme – an avenue to expedite patent granting in Vietnam and other ASEAN countries

Download 1. What is ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC) programme? The ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC) program is a regional patent cooperation program in Southeast Asia that allows patent applicants to request accelerated patent examination in participating ASEAN member states (“AMS”). It aims to improve the efficiency and quality of patent examination among participating ASEAN member state's intellectual property Offices (“AMS IP Offices”) by sharing search and examination (S&E) results. Under the ASPEC program, patent applicants can submit a request for accelerated examination of a patent application in a participating AMS IP Office (“second IP Office”) based on a S&E reports issued by...

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Exploring cosmetic registration and IPR protection in Vietnam: Korean company visits KENFOX IP & Law Office for business insights

On March 14, 2023, our law firm, KENFOX IP & Law Office, had the honor of participating as a speaker at a seminar in Seoul, jointly organized by KITA and KMDIA. Following this event, we were delighted to receive a visit from a Korean company at our office in Hanoi, seeking our assistance with cosmetic registration and intellectual property rights protection in Vietnam. The Korean cosmetic company demonstrated an understanding of the significance of safeguarding their intellectual property rights in Vietnam, as well as the promising opportunities for expansion in the local cosmetic market. After joining the seminar in role of a...

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Trademark Refusal in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia: The Fine Line Between Descriptive and Suggestive

Download Trademark registration is an essential step for any business seeking to protect its brand identity and intellectual property. However, the process of trademark registration can be challenging, particularly when a mark falls into the gray area between being descriptive or suggestive. In Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, as in many other countries, trademarks that are deemed purely descriptive are not eligible for protection under trademark law but a suggestive mark may be eligible for registration and protection. However, determining whether a mark is descriptive or suggestive can be a challenging and subjective task, and there is often a thin line...

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Is the use of a trademark on the website considered admissible evidence against a trademark invalidation in Vietnam ?

Any third party may file a request with the Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam to cancel the registration of a trademark if it has not been utilized by its owner for five years from the date of registration. This procedure serves to cancel trademarks that exist in the register but are not used in practice, and also to prevent trademark squatting that aims to block identical marks from entering the market. However, the absence of clear guidelines on the "use of trademark" in Vietnam's intellectual property law may hinder the institution's ability to invalidate trademarks based on non-use grounds stipulated...

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Is a trademark published after its registration in Laos?

The publication of a trademark in the industrial property gazette serves as public notice of the trademark registration and provides information about the trademark to the public. The post-registration publication of a trademark application provides potential infringers with notice of the trademark owner’s rights. It also provides an opportunity for third parties to file a cancellation action against the trademark registration if they believe that it infringes on their rights or is otherwise inappropriate. This makes trademark registration fair and transparent. After a trademark is registered, the Department of Intellectual Property of Laos must publish the trademark registration in the Official...

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