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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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How to register a trademark in Laos?

To register a trademark in Laos, you are advised to follow the following steps: (i)  Conducting a pre-filing trademark search: Before applying for trademark registration, it is important to search the trademark database to ensure that your proposed trademark is available and not already in use by another party. (ii) Prepare the trademark application: Your trademark application should include the following information: the name and address of the applicant, a clear representation of the trademark (in words and/or images), a list of the goods and services that the trademark will be used for. (iii) File the trademark application: The trademark application can be...

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What types of trademarks can be registered in Laos?

Marks are categorized into 04 (four) types for examination and registration purpose as per Article 5 of Decision No. 2822/MOST dated 17 December 2019. Type 1: “Trademark”: A trademark is defined as a symbol or a combination of symbols used to distinguish the goods of individuals, legal entities, or organizations from the symbols of others. Symbols may be words, including invented words, signatures, names, figures, shape elements, outlines, photographs, three-dimensional pictures, animated images or packaging of goods, or a combination of colors or symbols; Type 2: “Service Mark”: A Service mark is a symbol or a combination of symbols used to distinguish the...

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Customs recordal for IPR protection in Laos – What you must know?

Download 1. Overview Customs recordal, also known as customs registration or customs watch or customs supervision, is a procedure that allows trademark owners to request customs authorities to monitor imports bearing infringing or counterfeit trademarks to be imported into a country. Customs recordal aims to prevent the entry of counterfeit goods into the market and protect the trademark owner's rights. Customs recordal in Laos can be an effective tool for trademark owners to detect and prevent the importation of trademarked counterfeit goods. However, it is not explicitly provided under the Laos laws on whether infringing goods for export are subject to any penalties...

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Questions on trademark registration and protection in Laos

Download What types of trademarks can be registered in Laos? Marks are categorized into 04 (four) types for examination and registration purpose as per Article 5 of Decision No. 2822/MOST dated 17 December 2019. Type 1: “Trademark”: A trademark is defined as a symbol or a combination of symbols used to distinguish the goods of individuals, legal entities, or organizations from the symbols of others. Symbols may be words, including invented words, signatures, names, figures, shape elements, outlines, photographs, three-dimensional pictures, animated images or packaging of goods, or a combination of colors or symbols; Type 2: “Service Mark”: A Service mark is a symbol...

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Conducting a trademark search in Cambodia: Why and How?

Download 1. Why should a trademark search in Cambodia be conducted? Before filing a trademark application in Cambodia, it is advisable to conduct a search based on the trademark database of the Department of Intellectual Property of Cambodia (DIP) to determine the registrability of a proposed mark. Conducting a trademark search prior to filing is highly advised for a number of reasons. Avoid potential trademark infringement: Prior to submitting an application for trademark registration in Cambodia, conducting a trademark search may help identify any existing marks that are similar to the one you plan to register. This can assist you avoid infringing...

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Conducting a trademark search in Laos: Why and How?

Before filing a trademark application in Laos, it is advisable to conduct a search based on the trademark database of the Department of Intellectual Property of Laos (DIP) to determine the registrability of a proposed mark. Conducting a pre-filing trademark search is highly recommended for several reasons: Avoid potential trademark infringement: A trademark search conducted before filing a trademark application in Laos might help uncover any existing marks that may be similar to the one you intend to register. This can help you avoid infringing on the trademark rights of others and prevent costly legal disputes down the road. Save time and...

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Why should figurative marks and product labels be registered as copyright in Vietnam?

Download Surprise, shock, bewilderment, anxiety, pessimism and a scenario that all doors are closed is a common state/feeling that many foreign trademark owners fall into when they discover that their trademarks, even their product packagings have been filed for trademark or industrial design registration by a third party in Vietnam. Other holders are desperate that the risk of business strategy in Vietnam will be broken down/jeopardized when they detect that their trademarks and/or their product labels being copied in their entireties, or only some minor changes thereof are made by the third parties for the purpose of business exploitation. Obviously, registering a...

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Use your registered trademark in Vietnam or you will lose it

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Download Obtaining a trademark registration does not mean a guarantee for the maintenance of the trademark validity, because the trademark holders are obliged to use their registered trademarks in commerce and renew the validity before it expires. The purpose of this regulation is to allow the removal of marks that exist on the trademark register but are not in genuine use and/or to block the phenomenon of trademark squatting which unreasonably prevent similar marks from entering the market. This mechanism helps to reduce the number of trademark disputes and reduce registrations acquired only for the purpose of unfair competition and...

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How can I file a cancellation action against an industrial design in Laos

Download Entitlement: You or any third party has the right to submit a cancellation or elimination request of an industrial design registration within 05 (five) years as of the registration date in the publication in an official gazette for an industrial property registration with DIP. Grounds: Grounds for cancelling validity of industrial designs are provided in Article 45 of Lao IP Law as follows: The term of protection is expired; The design owner fails to renew his design patent and pay the applicable fees and service charges; The design patent is invalidated based on a finding that one or more requirements for...

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