Once granted a trademark protection title after registration, trademark holders will have the rights to exploit and protect their marks.
All organizations or individuals have the right to register marks to be used for the goods they produce or the services they provide.
Organizations or individuals lawfully trading products produced by others have the right to register marks for such products, provided that the producers neither use such marks for their products nor object such registration.
For example: Big C Supermarket registered trademarks for their current selling confectionery brands, which were produced by other entities.
Collective organizations have the right to register collective marks.
For example: The Luc Ngan Association of Farmers registered a collective mark for Luc Ngan lychees.
The registration of signs indicating geographical origins of goods or services and local specialties of Vietnam must be approved by competent state agencies.
For example: Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Association has been authorized by the People's Committee of Buon Ma Thuot City to register the trademark “BUON MA THUOT COFFEE”.
Organizations with the function of controlling and certifying quality, properties, origin or other relevant criteria of goods or services have the right to register certification marks, provided that they are not engaged in the production or trading of such goods or services.
For example: The People's Committee of Thua Thien Hue Province manages the certification mark ‘Bún Bò Huế’.
Two or more organizations or individuals are entitled to jointly register a mark on the following conditions:
The registration right may be assigned to other organizations or individuals in the form of written contracts during the assessment process and approved by the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP).
For a mark protected in a country being a contracting party to a treaty to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is also a contracting party, no one shall be permitted to register such mark unless it is so agreed by the mark owner.
For example: A Vietnamese enterprise imports and distributes Japanese production equipment; the trademark of said equipment is protected in Japan. Both Japan and Vietnam are members of the Madrid Protocol.
Therefore, without the consent of the Japanese partner, the Vietnamese agency is not allowed to register for trademark protection in Vietnam.
Article 87 of the 2005 Law on Intellectual Property, amended in 2009
Article 108, 109, 110, and 119 of the 2005 Law on Intellectual Property, amended in 2009
Article 100 and 105 of the 2005 Law on Intellectual Property, amended in 2009
PLF is the Organization of Industrial Property Representation in Vietnam – an entity authorized by the National Office of Intellectual Property to act on behalf of individuals and enterprises to establish and enforce intellectual property rights.
Organizations and individuals seeking PLF’s assistance in trademark registration only need to provide the following information:
Documents in the trademark registration application must be in Vietnamese.
For consultation on trademark registration in Vietnam, kindly contact:
PLF LAW FIRM
12th Floor, Ruby Tower,
81-85 Ham Nghi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +8428 3821 2161 or +8428 3821 2162
Fax: +8428 3821 2165
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