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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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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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How to Successfully Argue Wide Use Evidence in Trademark Opposition and Cancellation Cases in Vietnam?

Download Trademark opposition and cancellation serve as crucial legal remedies for legitimate trademark owners to safeguard their intellectual property rights. In Vietnam, genuine trademark owners are entitled to employ their prior evidence of wide use to file a Notice of Opposition or a cancellation action against a trademark squatter. As such, it is critical to understand how National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (IP VIETNAM) evaluates the evidence of prior use and the extent to which a mark must be used to succeed in an opposition or cancellation based on unregistered rights. Facts: A recent case that exemplifies the above mentioned principle...

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

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Download 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...

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Appropriating the trademark “HWASUNG” of Korean company to attack the genuine trademark owner

Download HWASUNG is a trade name and trademark used by HWASUNG Company for their electric wire products. HWASUNG, a Korean company, together with 2 other Korean companies, SEOUL and SIMEX, contributed capital to establish SH-VINA Company, 100% foreign owned enterprise of Korea, in Vinh Phuc province. Thien Phu Company, based in Hanoi Vietnam, applied to register the trademark “HWASUNG” for products of electric wires, cables and electrical products in Class 09 and was granted the Certificate of Registration Certificate in 2005. After registering the trademark "HWASUNG", Thien Phu Company petitioned Marke Management Agency in Hanoi to seize a large number of goods including...

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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 to overcome Vietnam’s refusal of allegedly descriptive trademarks?

Download Numerous trademark applications in Vietnam are denied for the following reasons: The trademarks do not meet the protection requirement since they are regarded as descriptive of the goods/services in question. Trademarks that include only signs used in commerce to indicate the type, quality, quantity, intended use, value, place of origin, of the goods, or the time of manufacture, or signs that have become customary in Vietnam, are considered descriptive of certain properties or characteristics of the intended goods/services, and thus cannot perform the function of trademarks and are not protected. There are numerous trademarks that, at first look, appear to...

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Building up your brand in 20 years in Vietnam, but losing it in a few days. WHY?

Download In June 2022, Hoa Sen Co., Ltd., (HOA SEN) the owner of the "ZACOPE" trademark for pure drinking water products, complained to KENFOX IP & Law Office, "I don't understand why the company's sales in the first half of the year have dropped so drastically." HOA SEN did investigation and found that rivals utilized similar labels bearing the trademark "ZACOP." A check of the protection title, however, revealed that the registration of the trademark had expired. This occurs because the previous employee resigns and transfers the trademark to the new employee, who is unaware of the requirement to renew the...

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Vì sao nhãn hiệu của tôi không còn hiệu lực tại Việt Nam? Thực trạng và khuyến nghị

Nhãn hiệu là một tài sản thiết yếu của doanh nghiệp vì nó mang lại giá trị và đóng vai trò là một dấu hiệu nhận biết độc đáo đối với chủ sở hữu thương hiệu. Nhãn hiệu là công cụ giao tiếp hiệu quả để truyền tải các thông điệp cũng như các thuộc tính trí tuệ và cảm xúc về bạn, công ty, và danh tiếng, sản phẩm và dịch vụ của công ty; nhãn hiệu giúp khách hàng dễ dàng tìm thấy bạn, cho phép bạn sử dụng Internet và các phương tiện truyền thông xã...

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Luật SHTT năm 2022 của Việt Nam: Những quy định mới về nhãn hiệu có ý nghĩa như thế nào tới chiến lược bảo vệ thương hiệu của bạn?

Quy định mới về nhãn hiệu và chiến lược bảo vệ thương hiệu của bạn-KENFOX

Nhiều quy định mới về nhãn hiệu đã được sửa đổi, bổ sung vào Luật Sở hữu trí tuệ (SHTT) năm 2022 của Việt Nam để nâng cao hiệu quả của cơ chế bảo hộ tài sản trí tuệ và thực hiện nghĩa vụ của Việt Nam theo các điều ước quốc tế về sở hữu trí tuệ mà Việt Nam là thành viên như CPTPP, EVFTA, RCEP… Các sửa đổi, bổ sung này được ví như một cuộc đại tu toàn diện đối với pháp luật SHTT của Việt Nam, giúp khắc phục các lỗ hổng pháp lý tồn...

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