A trademark cancellation in Vietnam is a legal challenge to the continued registration of a particular trademark. A trademark cancellation is instituted by filing a petition for cancellation with the IP Vietnam and paying the required fee. In most cases, a cancellation must be filed within five years of the date that the trademark registration issued in Vietnam. However, there are some limited circumstances under which a trademark registration may be canceled at any time.
A cancellation against a trademark registration in Vietnam must allege one or more grounds for challenging a particular trademark registration. Most often, a trademark registration in Vietnam is challenged by someone who owns prior rights in an identical or confusingly similar trademark. But, a trademark registration can also be challenged on a number of other grounds. For example, cancellations against trademark registrations in Vietnam may be based on the petitioner’s evidence that the trademarks are no longer in use and have been abandoned, or that the trademarks are merely descriptive and not entitled to registration.
If you have received notice that a trademark cancellation has been filed against your trademark registration, or you wish to attack validity of a trademark registration in Vietnam, the first thing you should do is immediately seek the help of an experienced and dedicated trademark attorney. KENFOX attorneys are here, ready to assist you. We understand that a trademark cancellation is a serious and complex legal proceeding that requires specialized knowledge and skills to properly navigate, you will want a trademark lawyer to provide you with valuable advice and guidance throughout the entire proceeding in Vietnam. KENFOX trademark attorney will not only be able to assist you in defending the trademark cancellation, but can also enter into settlement negotiations in the hope of reaching an amicable resolution that is satisfactory to both parties.
1. Who is entitled to file a cancellation/invalidation against a Trademark Registration in Vietnam?
KENFOX: Any natural or juridical person. Legal interest is not required.
2. Trademarks subject to invalidation in Vietnam
KENFOX: The following types of trademark may be subject to invalidation in Vietnam
3. Time limit
KENFOX: The statutory time limit for a third party to initiate a cancellation/invalidation against a Trademark Registration in Vietnam is provided as follows:
4. Grounds for initiating a cancellation/invalidation against a Trademark Registration in Vietnam
KENFOX: The principal grounds for initiating a cancellation/invalidation against a Trademark Registration in Vietnam are as follows:
KENFOX: A cancellation/invalidation against a Trademark Registration in Vietnam will be settled as follows:
After the cancellation/invalidation request is filed with the IP Vietnam, it will be assigned to an examiner for examination thereon. If the cancellation/invalidation request is found reasonable, the IP Vietnam will send its first Notification to the trademark owner for their counter statement or response. The IP Vietnam may also seek additional arguments/documents from the parties if necessary.
When a Decision on cancellation/invalidation or rejection of the cancellation/invalidation request is issued by the IP Vietnam (the first Decision), the trademark owner or the involved party may file an appeal against such first Decision with the IP Vietnam. The appeal will be then examined and a second Decision on settlement of the appeal will be issued by the IP Vietnam. If unsatisfactory with the IP Vietnam’s second Decision, the concerned party may files lodge their appeal (second-time appeal) with the Science and Technology Minister or initiate lawsuits at court. Due to various levels of settlement of the cancellation case, the time frame for a cancellation proceeding may range from 2-3 years or even more