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How long does a trademark registration last in Laos?

As per Article 51 of the revised IP Law of Laos enacted on November 15, 2017, the term of trademark protection in Laos is provided as follows: "The term of protection of trademarks shall be 10 years from the date of filing the application for registration. Upon expiry the term of protection may be indefinitely renewed and each period of renewal will be for l0 years. In order to maintain the term of protection the owner of the trademark shall pay fees and charges every l0 years in advance". However, for trademark registration certificates issued before the amendment of the Laotian IP law, for example, trademark...

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Right of priority for trademark application in Laos

How can I claim right of priority for my trademark application in Laos? As a Contracting Party to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property since 08 October 1998, it is possible to claim right of priority for trademark applications filed with DIP. The applicant wishes to claim its priority rights from a foreign application, the national application must be filed with DIP within 6 months after the filing date of the foreign application.  The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is an international treaty adopted in 1883, which provides for the protection of industrial property including trademarks....

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How a goods/services is classified for trademark registration in Laos

Laos currently adopts the Nice Classification 11th Edition. The goods and services under any applications must be listed into specific items, preferably using the terms guided in the Alphabetical List of the Nice Classification. The class heading of the goods or the services is not possible. If it is not possible to identify the goods or services, or both, the applicant must provide complete information so that the Department of Intellectual Property of Laos can identify the class of the goods or services, or both.   Related Articles: Questions on trademark registration and protection in Laos How is a trademark application refused registration in...

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Is it necessary to have a local representative for trademark registration in Laos?

You cannot register a trademark application directly with the Department of Intellectual Property of Cambodia if you are a foreign applicant. To file a trademark application with DIP, you must grant a Power of Attorney to a local IP agent in Laos (PoA). The PoA must be notarized by a public notary in the applicant's country, and the original PoA must be sent to DIP within 30 days of the filing date if only a scan was submitted. Having a local agent in Laos can help guarantee that the trademark application is prepared and filed in accordance with all applicable laws...

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How is a trademark application refused registration in Laos?

As a matter of principle, a trademark application in Laos may be refused on absolute or related grounds. Grounds of refusal of a trademark application are specified in Article 16 and 23 of the Lao IP Law. Below are main grounds where a trademark application in Laos may be refused registration or opposed: (i)  Likelihood of Confusion: This refers to the possibility that the trademark may be confused with an existing trademark that is already registered or in use. To assess if there is a likelihood of confusion, DIP's examiner will evaluate elements such as the resemblance of the marks, the relatedness...

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How is a trademark application examined in Laos?

A trademark application in Laos undergoes 02 examination stages: Formality Examination and Substantive Examination. Formality Examination: After DIP issues a filing number for a trademark application, its examiner will conduct a formality examination for the trademark application. The formality examination must be carried out within 60 days, as of the date that the application is received. The formality examination aims at determining the completeness, accuracy and compliance of the application to make sure that the trademark application complies with the administrative requirements or formalities (i.e. for compliance with the filing requirements; classification: i.e., to ensure that the goods or services fall within the...

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What is the legal process for trademark protection in Laos?

The legal process for trademark protection in Laos is governed by the Lao IP Law No. 38/NA of November 15, 2017 and its sub-law document, i.e. Decision No. 2822/MOST dated 17 December 2019. These legislations provide the framework for the protection of trademarks in Laos and sets out the requirements for registering and enforcing trademarks in the country. The following is a general overview of the steps involved in obtaining trademark protection in Laos: (i)  Search and clearance: Before filing a trademark application in Laos, it is advisable to conduct a search of the trademark registry of the Department of Inellectual Property...

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How long does the trademark registration process take in Laos?

The Lao IP Law No. 38/NA of November 15, 2017 does not establish a time limit for the Department of Intellectual Property of Laos to conduct formality and substantive examination of trademark applications in Laos. In practice, it usually takes around 10-12 months from the filing date to obtain a Trademark Registration Certificate in Laos in smooth cases (i.e. without oppositions, office actions, etc.).   Related Articles: Questions on trademark registration and protection in Laos What types of trademarks can be registered in Laos? How to register a trademark in Laos? What are the requirements for trademark registration in Laos? What are...

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What are the fees for trademark registration in Laos?

A multi-class trademark application is acceptable in Laos, meaning that a trademark application can cover more than 01 class. The examination process for a multi-class application is more complex than for a single-class application, as the trademark office must review the mark in each class to determine if there are any conflicting marks. This can result in a longer examination process and a higher likelihood of objections or rejections. Therefore, it is advisable to file a single-class trademark application in Laos to avoid delays if a certain class of goods/services is refused registration. The fees shall NOT increase if one class...

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What are the requirements for trademark registration in Laos?

The following information and documents are required to provide us for trademark registration in Laos: Requisite Information: (i)   Full name, address and nationality of the applicant; (ii)  Description of the trademark: meaning, colors claimed, translation or transliteration of characters into English if the mark contains foreign characters; (iii) List of goods/services to be covered by the trademark and if possible, the class(es) of the respective goods/services according to the International Classification (if known) (iv) If a priority is claimed: statement of country, application number and filing date of the original foreign application from which the priority is claimed. Requisite Documents: (i)  An original notarized Power of Attorney (PoA)...

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