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Registration of Industrial designs in Vietnam through the Hague System from beginning 2020

Following the submission of instrument to join the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of Industrial designs on September 30, 2019, Vietnam has become the 61st member of the 1999 Act and 71st member of the Hague Union. The 1999 Act has officially come into effect in Vietnam since December 30, 2019 and from now on, foreign companies and designers can seek design protection in Vietnam through the Hague System.

Application of International Patent Classification (IPC) version 2020.01 for the registration of Patent in Vietnam

According to the Official Notice No. 3392/TB-SHTT dated November 19, 2019 of the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) of Vietnam, as of January 01, 2020, the new version of IPC 2020.01 (under Strasbourg Agreement) shall be officially applied for the classification of technical solutions which claim for protection in the application for registration of Patent in Vietnam. In addition to the versions in two authentic languages as English and French provided by WIPO, the Vietnamese version is also provided to assist individuals and organizations to apply for the protection of Patent in Vietnam

Application of the International Classification of Goods/Services NICE Version 11-2020 for the registration of trademark in Vietnam

According to the Official Notice No. 23009/TB-SHTT dated November 19, 20219 of the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) of Vietnam, the Vietnamese version of the NICE Classification 11th Edition (11-2020), translated by NOIP from the English version published by WIPO, will be officially applied to the classification of goods or and services for the registration of trademark in Vietnam.

Accelerated protection of South Korean Patents in Cambodia

Recent years have witnessed the huge efforts of Cambodia in attracting foreign investment and accordingly, many measures to facilitate to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights have also been implemented by signing a number of IP Cooperation Agreements with Singapore, China and EUIPO, the latest Memorandum of Understanding on Patent Cooperation (click here for full context of the MOU) has been signed on August 16, 2019 between the Ministry of Industry & Handicraft (MIH) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO).

Ratification of the new Intellectual Property Law in Vietnam (with focus on patent and trademark in Vietnam) to comply with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has come into effect since January 14, 2019 set a number of requirements for changing Intellectual Property (IP) practices in Vietnam (for detailed information, please see our previous post here). In order to comply with such requirements, the draft to amend and supplement the Intellectual Property Law has been submitted to and ratified by National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on June 14, 2019 with the following points that worth noting:

New points for Patent registration in Vietnam – Application of International patent Classification (IPC – Version 2019.01)

According to the Notice No. 13235/TB-SHTT dated November 23, 2018 of the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) of Vietnam, as of January 01, 2019, the new version of IPC (2019.01) under Strasbourg Agreement shall be officially applied for the classification of technical solutions which claim protection in the application for patent registration in Vietnam. Besides the versions in two authentic languages as English and French provided by WIPO, the Vietnamese version also translated from English to assist individuals or organizations to register patent in Vietnam.

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