effective Trademark Registration

Q. What can be registered?
A. Almost everytihing visisble except certain cases where the marks are not inherently distinctive.

Q. Where to file applicaiton? .
A. Diectly with the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam, for with WIPO International Bureau.

Q. How long does it take to register?
A. If it goes smoothly, it takes 18-24 months.

Q. What language? .
A. Vietnamese if appliciaton filed directly with National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam. French or English if filed through WIPO International Bureau.

Q. What documents are requied if filed through an a gent like Minervas?
A. Original Power of Attorney, preferably notarized, a mark specimen, and specification of goods.

Q. Vietnam applies Nice Classification of goods and services?
A. Yes.

Q. Can a series mark registered?.
A. No.

Q. Is multi-class application is allowed?
A. Yes.

Q. International applicaiton (through WIPO) or national applicaiton filed directly with the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam?
A. International applicaiton has a number advantages including fixed time of examination, English language, fixed fees per class not depending on the number of goods. services in a specific class. National application has its own advantages including registration is issued in Vietnamese thereby making it more convenient for enforcing rights, applicant does not have to seek a local agent in the case of refual that requires appeal.