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”
Since June 5, 2015 Cambodia joined the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks. On September 28, 2015 a number of improvements to trademark application in Cambodia recently came into effect, making the system easier and faster for applicant.
Vietnamese jurisdiction does not require a well-known trademark to be registered under regular trademark registration procedure. The right over a well-known trademark in Vietnam automatically established through the use thereof in commerce without any registration.
From June 1st, 2016, to obtain the protection for an Intellectual Property right in Myanmar , the Declaration of Ownership is additionally required to be certified by a notary public. Anyone who are proceeding with the execution for IPR in Myanmar, please take note for a sufficient materials preparation.
From 20th of May 2016, Join Circular No. 05/2016/TTLT-BKHCN-BKHDT (Circular 05) by Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in coordination with Ministry of Planning & Investment (MPI), detailing and providing guidance on handling IPR infringement in Vietnam came into effect.
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.
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enhancing the ties between two countries in terms of Intellectual Property protection on 2015. Most notably, according to the MoU, MIH recognize patents granted and industrial designs registered by IPOS as well as patent search and examination reports from IPOS.