As a new development, from September 1, 2015, Vietnam National Office of Industrial Property (NOIP) officially recognizes The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) as an International Preliminary Examining Authorities (IPEA) and International Searching Authorities (ISA) for International patent applications originating from Vietnam under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
This event will offer Vietnamese businesses and individual’s greater opportunity to use the PCT system to acquire patent protection in foreign markets. Whereby, applicants have one more option to select the International searching and preliminary report on patentability Authority for their PCT applications, in addition to national IP offices of Russia, Sweden, Republic of Korea, Austria, Japan and the European Patent Office (EPO). IPOS is equipped to conduct searches in English as well as Mandarin. Besides, it will allow deserving Vietnam patent application to obtain protection in a cost-effective manner.
The detail information of fee for IPOS selection of is updated almost every week at: http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/appguide/index.jsp
Under current practice concerning Patent applications originating from foreign countries enter into Vietnam, the international searching and preliminary report on patentability of USPTO and EPO often top priority considered by examiners under the patent examination process. However international searching and preliminary report from other Patent Office of Canada, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Australia, China, Korea, Germany and EAPO also would be of help for consideration.
It is advised the foreign patent Applicant chose the above Authorities to increase ability acceptance of protection as well as time-saving for Patent process in Vietnam under PCT system.
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