Trademark Registration in Vietnam

Updated on Friday 01st December 2017

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Foreign and local investors opening companies in Vietnam are strongly recommended to protect the intellectual property rights they have over the name of their trade names. The same is recommended to any individual who has created any work which should be protected from the wrongful or abusive use of others. The rights over intellectual property can be protected by registering copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs or models with the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP).

The most employed and valuable intellectual property rights are those held over trademarks, as these can designate names, logos and brands which can make the difference between companies or other entities. Our Vietnam company formation consultants can explain how to register a trademark with NOIP.
 

Trademark registration requirements in Vietnam

In order to register a trademark in Vietnam an individual or company must first make sure their mark is unique and that is clearly distinguishes the goods or services from the ones of other parties. Trademarks in Vietnam can be made of the following elements:

-          letters;
-          numbers;
-          signs;
-          colors;
-          words.

Any combination of these is also permitted by the National Office of Intellectual Property.
There are several types of trademarks which can be registered in Vietnam based on how they are classified. The Intellectual Property Law in Vietnam acknowledges single-class and multi-class trademarks.
 

 The procedure of registering a trademark in Vietnam

Both local and foreign companies and individuals are allowed to register trademarks in Vietnam following the process explained below:

-          filing the trademark registration documents;
-          the examination of the trademark by NOIP;
-          the publication of the trademark in the Official Gazette;
-          the substantive examination.

With respect to the documents related to trademark registration with the NOIP, these are:

-          the name of the applicant;
-          a clear description of the trademark;
-          information on the goods or services to be represented by the trademark;
-          5 prints of the trademark;
-          a power of attorney, if the owner of the trademark will designate a third party to carry out the registration process.

For full information on how to register a trademark in Vietnam, please contact us. We can also assist with the company registration process in Vietnam.
 

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