How to renew Trademark in Vietnam?

1. Vietnam Trademark validity term and renewal

 

A Trademark in Vietnam become effective from the grant date to the end of 10 years commencing from the filing date (subject to renewal) and can be renewed each time for ten years unlimitedly

 

In order to renew the validity of the Trademark in Vietnam, the Trademark holder shall pay renewal fees within six months before the expiration of the validity term. The payment of the renewal fee may be delayed for no more than six months after the expiration of the current validity term but the Trademark holder shall pay the renewal fee plus 10% for each month of delayed payment.

 

2. Required documents for renewal of Trademark in Vietnam

 

According to the provisions of Circular 01/2007/TT-BKHCN, the bellow documents are required to renew a Trademark in Vietnam:

 

2.1. Application for renewal of Trademark in Vietnam;
2.2. Original of Trademark Certificate (if the applicant wishes to record the renewal on the Certificate);
2.3. Power of attorney (if the application is filed through a representative);
2.4. Receipt of official fees;
2.5. Other documents (if any).

 

3. Fees for renewal of Trademark in Vietnam

 

In order to renew the validity of Trademark in Vietnam, the following breakdowns of renewal fees are applied:

 

3.1. Examination fee of Application for renewal of Trademark in Vietnam: depending on the number of Certificate
3.2. Fee for renewal of Trademark in Vietnam; depending on the number of class
3.3. Fee of using the Trademark in Vietnam: depending on the number of class.
3.4. Fee for registration of the Decision of renewal recordal of Trademark in Vietnam: depending on the number of the Decision
3.5. Fee for publication of the Decision of renewal recordal of Trademark in Vietnam: depending on the number of the Decision
3.6. Late renewal payment (if any) is 10% for each month of late payment

 

4. Time frame and procedure for renewal of Trademark in Vietnam

 

There is a grace period for no more than six months after the expiration of the current validity term to pay renewal fees but the Trademark holder shall pay the renewal fees plus 10% for each month of delayed payment as described in the Item of Fees above.
The NOIP shall consider an application for renewal of Trademark in Vietnam within one month from the date of receipt of the renewal application and the fees. However, in current practice, it takes from 4 to 6 months.

 

If the application has no defect, the NOIP shall issue a Decision on renewal recordal, show the recordal on the last page of the Trademark Certificate (if the original Certificate was submitted), then register and publish the Decision in the Industrial Property Official Gazette within two months counted from the date of issuance of the Decision.

 

The NOIP shall issue a Notice of intention of refusal to renew the validity of Trademark in Vietnam, clearly stating the reason for refusal and setting a time limit of two months from the date of notice issuance for the applicant to correct defects or make arguments against if the application for renewal of Trademark in Vietnam falls into one of the following cases:

 

i. It is invalid or filed in contravention of the prescribed procedures;
ii. The applicant is not the Trademark holder; and
iii. Late payment after grace period.

 

If within the set time limit the applicant fails to correct the defects or unsatisfactorily corrects the defects, submits no response or unreasonable arguments, the NOIP shall issue a notice of refusal to renew the validity of Trademark in Vietnam.

 

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

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