How to maintain patent in Laos?

1. Laos Patent validity term and maintenance

 

A patent in Laos for invention become effective from the grant date to the end of 20 years commencing from the filing date (subject to annuity payment), without any extension.

 

A term for a petty patent application/ petty patent in Laos is 10 years counted from the filing date.

 

In order to maintain the validity of patent application/ patent in Laos, the owner shall pay maintenance fees before the expiration of the validity term. The payment of the maintenance fees may be delayed for no more than six months after the expiration of the current validity term.

 

2. Required documents for maintenance of patent in Laos

 

Under practice, the bellow documents are required to maintain a patent application/ patent in Laos:

 

2.1. Original notarized Power of attorney (if the application is filed through a representative);
2.2. Copy of Patent (if Patent was granted);
2.3. Receipt of official fees;
2.4. Other documents (if any).

 

3. Fees for maintenance of patent in Laos

 

In order to maintain the validity of patent application/ patent in Laos, the following breakdowns of annuity are applied:

 

3.1. Fee for maintenance of Patent application/patent in Laos: depending on the number of patent application/patent
3.2. Late annuity payment (if any): depending on the number of late payment month.

 

4. Time frame and procedure for maintenance of patent in Laos

 

Fee for maintenance of patent application/ patent in Laos is counted from the filing date. There is a grace period for no more than six months after the expiration of the current validity term to pay annuity.

 

Under practice, fees for maintenance of patent application in Laos from the first to the fourth filing year are requested to pay at the filing time. At the time of paying the granting fees, fees for maintenance of patent application/ patent in Laos from the fifth filing year to the first granting year are required to pay. After granting patent, annuity is required to maintain patent in Laos.

 

Fees for maintenance of utility model application in Laos from the first to the second filing year are requested to pay at the filing time. At the time of paying the granting fees, fees for maintenance of petty patent application/ petty patent in Laos from the third filing year to the first granting year are required to pay. After granting petty patent, annuity is required to maintain petty patent in Laos.

 

At the time of payment of maintenance fees, the DIP shall issue an Official payment receipt for such fees. This Receipt will be considered as an evidence for payment of maintenance fees.

 

Should you need more information or further advice on patent in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at patent@ageless.com.vn

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