Due to the fourth wave of covid-19 in the country, IP Vietnam has announced that all deadlines for any procedures for the establishment of industrial property rights falling within the period from 30 June 2021 to 31 August 2021 shall be automatically extended to 30 September 2021. Read more
The headquarters of the Vietnam IP Research Institute (VIPRI) have ceased receiving direct requests for IP assessments. Requests may still be made by post or via VIPRI’s e-filing portal, but the delays in receiving conclusions may have an impact on enforcement activities. Read more
Meeting the requirements set forth by Notice No 13822 with regard to authorised signatories has proven challenging - or even impossible - for many overseas IP rights holders. IP Vietnam has now relaxed these requirements by issuing Notice No 6959. Read more
In response to a new wave of covid-19 cases in the country, IP Vietnam has issued a notice stating that, from 27 May 2021 and until further notice, its headquarters in Hanoi will cease to accept direct filings. Read more
A new decree, which will come into force 15 October 2020, should help the work of Vietnam’s enforcement authorities when dealing with violations involving counterfeit and banned goods, both offline and online. Read more
In our latest edition, we look at Phillip Plein's attempt to use unrest in the United States to end a trademark battle with Ferrari, Netflix and the US Armed Forces in a tussle over Space Force, Victoria Beckham settling a dispute, and much more. Read more
A new report documents the counterfeit trends it expects to shape brand protection efforts in 2020. WTR identifies the most valuable takeaways from the report and the actions that brand owners should be taking. Read more
The landmark EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement has been officially signed. Talking to WTR, IP practitioners claim that the agreement will lead to significant changes to the trademark, design and GI system in Vietnam. Read more
The Southeast Asian country already had a thriving economy, but it is now directly benefiting from the trade war between the US and China as companies like Apple consider relocating production lines. Read more
Following two meetings held by IP Vietnam and the Vietnam Intellectual Property Association in December 2019, IP Vietnam has clarified several key examination practices and highlighted possible changes to the relevant regulations. Read more
The General Department of Vietnam Customs has issued Official Letter No 5189/TCHQ-GSQL, which gives strict directions to customs departments at both the central and provincial level to inspect and control imported and exported goods. Read more
The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, which was signed on 30 June 2019, has been described by the European Union as “the most ambitious free trade deal ever concluded with a developing country”. The agreement is expected to bring many changes to Vietnam’s IP regulations. Read more
Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology has recently issued proposed amendments to the Intellectual Property Law. One of the aims is to bring Vietnam’s legislation into line with the new generation of free trade agreements - namely, the CPTPP and the EVFTA. Read more
On 30 September 2019 Vietnam presented its instrument of accession to the Hague System to WIPO. Vietnam is now a member of all three international registration systems, in addition to the PCT system for patents and the Madrid system for trademarks. Read more
The International Chamber of Commerce Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy has released a series of recommendations on how Vietnam can better protect intellectual property. With a blueprint in place, political will for change will now be key. Read more
In order to comply with the requirements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, a draft law amending certain provisions of Vietnam’s IP Law has been prepared and released for public comments. Read more
The Ministry of Finance has issued a new circular on industrial property charges and fees to guide the collection, remittance, management and use of government fees relating to industrial property. The new circular has increased government fees significantly for many services to be carried out by the National Office of Intellectual Property. Read more
IP Vietnam has issued Notice No 13822, which establishes stricter requirements for legal representatives of IP rights applicants to sign documents on their behalf. One issue, however, is that the notice does not specify the date on which the new practice will come into effect. Read more
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, IP Vietnam has ceased to accept direct filings since 30 March 2020 until further notice. On 31 March and 3 April 2020, IP Vietnam issued two notices providing guidance on extensions of deadlines and filing methods during this period. Read more
Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology has issued a new Regulation on the Organisation and Operation of the National Office of Intellectual Property, which introduced a new name for the office and unveiled a new organisational structure. Read more
A joint circular issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication and the Ministry of Science and Technology provides for clear rules and procedures for coordination between the relevant authorities in implementing administrative decisions involving ‘.vn’ domain names deemed to be infringing on IP rights. Regrettably, the circular does not address the situation where the domain name is not associated with an active website with content infringing an IP right.
The Ministry of Information and Communication and the Ministry of Science and Technology have prepared a draft joint circular on the procedures relating to the revocation of domain names that violate IP laws. Certain provisions have caused concern among trademark owners, and it is hoped that those concerns will be addressed before the circular is officially issued.
Vietnam's domain name recovery system suffers from numerous barriers and, so far, the civil court system has been the main way of recovering cybersquatted domain names. However, following a case involving the domain name ‘amway.2u.vn’, there is now a real prospect of effective administrative domain name resolutions.
The Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam recently issued Notification 3280/TB-SHTT, which provides guidance on filing appeals against disclaimers made by the office, which were submitted before 15 January 2018 and remain unresolved. Read more
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership came into effect in Vietnam on 14 January 2019. The requirement that a trademark licence agreement must be registered in order to take effect against third parties will be removed. Read more
A circular of the Ministry of Science and Technology has introduced important changes to trademark-related procedures before the National Office of Industrial Property. This update highlights some of the most significant changes.
The National Office of Intellectual Property has launched an online filing portal for industrial property applications, which is currently on trial and being developed to run more efficiently, especially with regard to payment procedures.