Filing application for industrial design in Vietnam

25/03/2017 - 1416 views

An Industrial design means a specific appearance of a product embodied by three-dimensional configurations, lines, colors, or a combination of these elements.

An industrial design should be filed at the earliest possible time or before an article is disclosed to the public. Prior disclosure before filing will lose the novelty of the design. So, extreme care should be exercised to ensure the secret of the design.


                                     How to file an industrial design application in Vietnam


In order to file an industrial design application in Vietnam, the Applicant should be noted some information as follows:

1. Required documents:

– Original Power of Attorney (POA) from the Applicant(s);
The POA must be signed by an applicant or legal representative person if the Applicant is a company/organization and no further notarization or legalization  required.

– Full name, address, and nationality of applicant(s);
– Full name, address, and nationality of designer(s);
– Photographs or drawings of design: 7 views including perspective view, front view, rear view, right view, left view, top view, bottom view, at the same scale; and the minimum resolution is 300DPI.

– Certified true copy of priority document (if any);
– Salient novelty features description in which showing the using purpose or Lorcano classification of design, if any.

2. Time and procedures

– The deadline for filing a design application in Vietnam based on claiming priority right under the Paris convention is 6 months counted from the earliest priority date;
– The total time from filing to registration in a straightforward case is 12-14 months. However, in practice, this duration can be extended further 3-6 months.

A registered industrial design is given an initial protection period of 5 years from the date of filing and is extended for two further consecutive terms of 5 years each. The maximum protection period is 15 years.

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