Trade marks

The trade mark system operates in a similar way to European countries, protecting symbols, colours and other visual devices used to identify a business’ products or services, now including three-dimensional objects.

Trade names also constitute a form of industrial property in Vietnam, with rights established through their use rather than under a formal registration system.

Domain names are allocated on a first come, first served basis so must be registered to avoid ‘cybersquatting’ by abusers.

Registration takes up to 15 months (13 months in theory) and a trade mark is valid for ten years, after which it may be renewed indefinitely for further ten-year periods.

Registration of industrial property rights (patents, utility solutions, industrial designs, trade marks, etc) can be made with NOIP, which is a subsidiary organisation of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

In particular, HTIC IP practice offers client services as following:

  • Trademark Availability Searches
  • Trademark Watch Service
  • Trademark Filings & Trademark Registrations
  • Renewals
  • Recordals of Amendments, Assignments, Merger Agreements, Licences
  • Filing Opposition & Responses

Our trademark attorneys in Vietnam will process client’s trademark registration by carrying out the following steps:

  • Providing our clients with cost estimates for searching and filing applications
  • Conducting comprehensive clearance searches including analysis about registration of the required trademarks and providing advice on the most appropriate and cost-effective method to obtain a clearance
  • Preparing and filing trademark applications, including obtaining appropriate legalization of documents and translations (if applicable)
  • Responding to objections raised by Registrars and potential third party oppositions
  • Negotiating settlement agreements when necessary to overcome prior marks
  • Obtaining a Certificate of Trademark Registration once your trademark is approved
  • Recording changes in name and address of proprietor, assignments, licenses and renewals of trademarks
  • Providing solutions for trademark protection in Vietnam.