The official Government’s fees for patent, design and trademark in Vietnam increased as from January 01, 2017 in accordance with the new Circular No.263/2016/TT- BTC of the Ministry of Finance. The new Circular stipulates the rates, collection, remittance, management and use of industrial property fees and charges, and replaced the former Circular No. 22/2009/TT-BTC issued on February 04, 2009.
Domain name dispute in Vietnam can be resolved through administrative proceedings. This measure is generally thought to be the fastest and most cost-effective way for resolving domain name disputes. The responsibility for handling domain name dispute in Vietnam belongs to both Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) and the Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST)
In recent years, along with the increase of number of applications and registrations of Intellectual property rights (IPRs), Vietnam is also facing with numerous IP infringements, especially trademark infringement. It causes annoyance, not only to trademark holders, but also for consumers and society. The following case of trademark “SANTAK” will ring a bell to trademark infringer in Vietnam.
As from August 23 2016, please note to use our new Power of Attorney (POA) and other forms in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Myanmar with our new business address:
“11th Floor, 102 Tran Phu Road, Mo Lao Ward, Ha Dong District, Hanoi, Vietnam”
The multiple-class application for trademark in Laos officially allow as from February 01, 2016. It provides the new option for Applicants who are interested in filing trademark in Laos. Depending on the brand registration and development strategy as well as protection for trademark in Laos, the Applicant can choose the Single-class or Multi-class application.
A well-known trademark in Vietnam would be protected, irrespective of whether they are registered or not. However the owners have to prove the well-known characters and their trademarks satisfy the conditions for being considered well-known.
In fact, the conflict often occurs mainly between owners of trademark in Vietnam and the subject who register domain name for registration, possess and dispose of domain names.
This year, we named as a finalist for The 2015 Asia IP Awards, the annual awards from Asia IP, the only intellectual property magazine focusing on Asia and the Pacific.