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Why was your trademark assignment application in Viet Nam rejected?

Trademark assignment refers to transferring ownership rights from the trademark owner to the assignee. Without careful consideration and in-depth practical experience in the field of intellectual property, the trademark you pay for buying/assigning may not legally belong to you. Why was your trademark assignment application in Viet Nam rejected?

Cases of trademark assignment application


Instead of having to carry out a long-term, costly promotion and communication campaign with uncertain results, many businesses choose to purchase another’s trademark for business development and investment. In this case, purchasing another’s trademark means buying the reputation and fame associated with goods/services bearing the trademark to shorten the time for your products/services to reach the public.

In another case, trademark assignment can occur when two companies merge or the trademark owner ceases business operations, dissolves the company, or declares bankruptcy, so the trademark is assigned to another entity.

Reasons trademark assignment application is rejected and remedies

Below are common cases where trademark assignment requests are rejected by the IP Office and some suggestions on remedies:

1. The assigned trademark contains elements identical or similar to the assignor’s commercial name.

Based on this principle, if the trademark contains elements identical or similar to the assignor’s commercial name, the assignment would be considered misleading to the public about the characteristics, and commercial origin of goods/services, and fall under prohibited cases under IP Law.

The assignor transfers their entire business facilities and operations under that commercial name to the assignee. That is, if the trademark contains elements identical or similar to the assignor’s commercial name, you must request the assignor/trademark owner to transfer their entire business facilities and operations under that commercial name to you; or

The assignor removes any related business sectors involving products/

services bearing the trademark from their Business Registration Certificate. That is, if the trademark contains elements identical or similar to the assignor’s commercial name, you must request the assignor remove any business sectors from their Business Registration Certificate that are identical/similar to the assigned trademark; or

The assignor has been dissolved, no longer exists after signing the trademark assignment contract; or

The assignor has changed their name after signing the assignment contract such that it no longer contains elements identical or similar to the assigned trademark, and this change is recorded in the Business Registration Certificate

2. The assigned trademark is similar and likely to cause confusion with a trademark in a pending trademark application or a trademark still owned by the Assignor according to a Registration Certificate of Trademark.

If you purchase a trademark from an assignor without thoroughly checking the assignor’s portfolio of owned trademarks to determine which trademarks they have pending applications for and already registered in Vietnam, your trademark assignment contract risks being rejected if the assigned trademark is deemed similar and likely to cause confusion with a trademark in a pending application or a trademark still owned by the Assignor according to a Registration Certificate of Trademark.

To remedy the above shortcoming, you must submit an application requesting assignment of all similar trademarks owned by the assignor to you, or submit an application requesting termination of effect of the remaining Registration Certificates of Trademark.

3. The assigned trademark contains elements that could make the goods/services within the scope of the assignment likely to be confused in terms of origin, characteristics, functions, quality, value, etc.

Your assignment request may be rejected by the IP Office if the assigned trademark contains a geographic location as an element but you/your company do not have an address in that location.

To remedy this issue, if possible and appropriate to your circumstances, you should provide documents evidencing the relationship between the parties (assignor and assignee being subsidiaries of the same conglomerate or the assignor being a subsidiary of the assignee and vice versa) and documents on production and business strategies as well as the use of the trademark by the Parties meeting the condition of no likelihood of confusion as to goods/service origin.

4. The goods/services within the scope of assignment could be likely confused with goods/services within the remaining list owned by the Assignor (for cases where the scope of assignment is partial of the list of goods/services

Partial trademark assignment is possible in Vietnam, which means you can request assignment of the trademark for some goods/services within a class of goods/services or for one class among several classes of goods/services in the Trademark Registration Certificate. For cases where the scope of assignment is partial to the list of goods/services bearing the trademark:

The assigned class of goods/services bearing the trademark or products/services within the assigned class of goods/services must be independent and not cause a likelihood of confusion with the remaining class of goods/services bearing the trademark or the remaining products/services within the class of goods/services.

5. The assignee is not an organization or individual with the function of manufacturing or trading products/services bearing the assigned trademark.

According to Article 139.5 of IP Law:
Rights to a trademark can only be assigned to an organization or individual meeting the conditions for registration of that trademark.

The right of trademark registration is stipulated in Article 87.1 of IP Law, whereby:
Organizations or individuals have the right to register a trademark for goods they manufacture or services they provide.

6. Assignment price in the Trademark Assignment Contract


Your trademark assignment contract risks being rejected in cases where: The assignment price is not clear because the contract must stipulate a specific assignment price for the assigned IP subject.

7. The Trademark Assignment Contract form does not meet the requirements


The trademark assignment contract must meet form requirements. If multi-page, each page must bear signatures of the assignor and assignee for verification, or a stamped seal across pages. The contract must specify the full date and signatures (and seals if any) of the assignor and assignee. Representatives signing for each party must be legal representatives.

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Issues of copyright protection with foreign elements

Issues of copyright protection with foreign elements

With the current level of development, the exchange and dissemination of culture between countries is highly necessary. At such times, foreign copyrights are also paid great attention to, in order to protect works and authors as well as promote creative development and attract foreign investment in the fields of authorship and culture. How about Issues of copyright protection with foreign elements?

Who can register a copyright with foreign elements?

According to Article 13 of the Law on Intellectual Property, organizations, and individuals who have copyrighted works include those who directly create the works and copyright owners.

Specifically, authors and copyright owners include:

– Vietnamese organizations and individuals;

– Foreign organizations and individuals whose works are first published in Vietnam and have not been published in any other country or are published simultaneously in Vietnam within 30 days from the date the works are first published in another country;

– Foreign organizations and individuals whose works are protected in Vietnam under international copyright treaties to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a party.

Therefore, according to the above regulations, copyright with foreign elements can be understood as foreign organizations and individuals whose works were first published in Vietnam and foreign organizations and individuals whose works are protected in Vietnam under international copyright treaties.

Principles of copyright protection with foreign elements

The principles of copyright protection with foreign elements are divided into 02 cases:

– Works protected under the provisions of an international treaty on copyright to which Vietnam is a party. In this case, the provisions of the international treaty that Vietnam is a party to will be applied to regulate copyright protection.

Currently, Vietnam is a party to international treaties such as the Berne Convention, the Agreement between Vietnam and the United States…

– In the absence of an international treaty: Copyright protection for foreign elements in Vietnam is carried out in the following cases:

+ Works first published in Vietnam;

+ Works published in Vietnam within 30 days from the date of first publication in other countries.

Copyright protection with foreign elements under Vietnamese law and international law

According to Article 774 of the 2015 Civil Code regulating copyright with foreign elements:

“The copyright of foreign individuals and foreign legal entities for works first published or disclosed in a certain form in Vietnam or created and expressed in a certain form in Vietnam shall be protected in accordance with the law of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and international treaties to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a party.”

In addition, Article 13 of the Law on Intellectual Property also regulates the registration of copyright protection for Vietnamese organizations, individuals, foreign organizations, and individuals within 30 days from the date the works are first published abroad is also protected in Vietnam. 

Current forms of international copyright protection include:

– Signing or joining multilateral international treaties such as the Berne Convention 1886, the TRIPs Agreement 1994, the WPPT Treaty 1994…

– Signing bilateral agreements such as the Vietnam-US Agreement 1997, the Vietnam-Switzerland Agreement 1999… 

– Protection based on the principle of reciprocity: The parties grant each other protection for the works of citizens of each party.”

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Determining whether a trademark is descriptive or suggestive in VietNam, Laos and Cambodia

Trademark registration can face many difficulties in determining whether a trademark is purely “descriptive” or merely “suggestive” because trademarks deemed to be purely “descriptive” will not be protected under law, but if the trademark is only “suggestive”, it can absolutely be protected. So, Determining whether a trademark is descriptive or suggestive in VietNam, Laos and Cambodia?

“Suggestive” signs or “descriptive” trademarks in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

A “suggestive” sign is a type of trademark that “suggests” or hints at a certain quality or characteristic of the goods/services it represents. A suggestive trademark implies but does not directly describe the quality or characteristic of the product or service provided.

“Suggestive” signs can usually be registered as trademarks. Still, there are cases where a “suggestive” sign may be refused protection if it is too closely related to the product/service it represents. This is because a “suggestive” sign can be considered a descriptive term if the connection between it and the product or service it represents is easily recognizable. 

The distinction between “suggestive” trademarks and “descriptive” trademarks in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

The distinction between “suggestive” trademarks and “descriptive” trademarks is quite subtle and subjective.

A “suggestive” trademark is a trademark that suggests or hints at the product or service it represents but requires consumers to use their imagination or perception to create an association between the trademark and the goods/services. 

Conversely, a “descriptive” trademark often directly describes the product or service it represents and does not require much imagination or thinking to establish a connection between the trademark and the goods/services.

Therefore, the key factor in determining whether a trademark is “suggestive” or “descriptive” depends on the degree of imagination required to understand the relationship between it and the product/service it represents. The more imagination or thought processing required to create a connection between the trademark and the goods/services, the more likely the trademark is considered “suggestive” rather than “descriptive”.

However, the boundary between the two types of trademarks is often quite subtle and trademark classification can depend on various factors such as industry standards, consumer perception, and the overall context in which the trademark is used.

Principles for examining trademarks in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

When assessing a trademark, it is important to consider the overall impression it creates when viewed broadly as a whole, rather than focusing solely on its individual components. 

Therefore, in the event of filing a trademark registration application in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and the trademark is considered more “descriptive” than “suggestive”, the applicant should emphasize the overall impression created by the trademark. 

This includes not just the individual elements of the trademark, but how those elements combine to create a unique impression. To strengthen the argument, the applicant should emphasize how the trademark creates a unique impression by providing evidence and arguments demonstrating how the trademark requires imagination or cognition from consumers to understand its relationship to the product/service it represents. 

By highlighting these factors, the applicant can build a strong case for why the trademark should be viewed as “suggestive” rather than “descriptive”, and therefore eligible for trademark protection in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.

If you encounter any difficulties, you can fully authorize GreenIP to represent you. We will help you:

– Prepare the application form (including trademark description if you have not described it yet) 

– Represent you in filing the application

– Monitor the examination process 

– Handle any issues that may arise

– Receive the registration certificate afterward and deliver it directly to the customer

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Trends in the development of IP in the future

Trends in the development of IP in the future

Intellectual property is a valuable asset and has long-term value for businesses. It promotes innovation, improves competitive capacity through research and development, helps build trust with customers when holding strong brands and trademarks, and increases value for businesses, attracting investment and strategic partnerships. So, What trends in the development of IP in the future?

How does intellectual property law affect technological development?

Some major impacts:
– Creates a protective environment and encourages new technology research and development investment. Businesses feel secure investing when intellectual property rights are protected under law.
– Encourages sharing and exchange of scientific and technical knowledge. Technology transfer agreements and joint research are promoted.
– Establishes a legal foundation for commercializing technologies and exploiting intellectual property assets.
– Manages shared use of technologies, preventing risks of intellectual property rights violations.
– Protects inventors’ rights, encouraging innovation and technological development.
Thus, intellectual property law is an important driving force for the processes of researching, applying and developing technology.

Trends in the development of intellectual property law in the future

Include:
– Harmonization of international intellectual property laws: Countries will cooperate more closely to build a unified legal framework, avoiding differences in regulations that create obstacles to protection and enforcement.
– Expansion of protection scope: Includes new emerging fields like artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, biotechnology, etc.
– Strengthened protection of intellectual property rights online: Promoting technological applications to better detect and prevent violations on the internet and social networks.
– Simplified administrative procedures: Shortening application processing, decision-making, and enforcement times.
– Increased corporate social responsibility: Balancing intellectual property protection and consumer/community interests.
These are the main predicted trends in future intellectual property law development.

What should businesses do to protect their intellectual property?

– To protect intellectual property rights, businesses need to:
– Choose technical measures like encryption, service codes, and access control to secure information online.
– Use violation detection technologies like image/natural language checks to identify issues early.
– Establish rapid, effective processes to handle violations through takedown requests, blocking offender accounts, etc.
– Implement digital rights management (DRM) for sensitive digital content.
– Continuously update intellectual property information online.
– Widely promote intellectual property rights awareness on corporate websites and social media.
– Collaborate with intellectual property protection authorities on enforcement activities.

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Registering copyright for a song in Vietnam

REGISTERING COPYRIGHT FOR A SONG IN VIETNAM UNDER NEW REGULATIONS

A song that has been registered for copyright will be protected in terms of authorship and intellectual property rights for the composition by the creator, enabling economic benefits through authorized performances and commercial releases, and allowing the author to demand compensation if the song is used unlawfully.

What is the Registering copyright for a song in Vietnam?

According to Article 6, Clause 4 of Decree 17/2023/NĐ-CP, a musical work under the Intellectual Property Law is a work expressed in musical notation or other musical characters, with or without lyrics, regardless of whether it is performed or not.

Therefore, registering copyright for a song involves the author or the owner of the song going through the procedure of submitting a copyright registration application to the Copyright Office and receiving a certificate of copyright registration for the musical work.

What does the copyright registration dossier for a song include?

According to Article 50 of the Intellectual Property Law 2005 and Article 39 of Decree 17/2023/NĐ-CP, the copyright registration dossier for a song includes:

a) Copyright registration declaration and related rights registration declaration (according to the provided form) signed or marked by the author, the copyright owner, or the related rights owner, except in cases where they are physically unable to sign or mark;
b) Two copies of the work (including electronic copies) or two copies of the shaped recording, audio or video recording, broadcasting program;
c) Power of attorney if the applicant is authorized by the author, the copyright owner, or the related rights owner, as stipulated in Clause 6, Article 38 of this Decree;
d) Documentation proving ownership rights;
e) Agreement from co-authors if the work has co-authors;
f) Agreement from co-owners if the copyright or related rights are jointly owned;
g) In case the work includes the use of another person’s personal image, written consent from that person as required by law.

Where can you register the copyright for a song?

Registering copyright for a song is made easy with GreenIP. If you are looking for a simple and effective solution to protect your IP rights for your works in Vietnam, GreenIP allows you to submit an online registration application along with the necessary documents. We will handle all the required procedures with the Viet Nam Copyright Office. Once completed, you will receive your Copyright Certificate in a short period of time.

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3 new points of the trademark registration form

3 New points of the trademark registration form

On August 23, 2023, the Vietnamese Government issued Decree No. 65/2023/ND-CP, which provides details on some articles and measures for the implementation of the Law on Intellectual Property regarding industrial property ownership, protection of industrial property rights, rights over plant varieties, and state management of intellectual property rights.

One of the highlights of Decree No. 65/2023/ND-CP is the introduction of a new industrial property declaration form, including the trademark registration form.

3 new points of the trademark registration form discovered and collected by GreenIP

First, add the option “Paper Certificate” for issuing trademark registration certificates. Previously, the trademark registration certificate was automatically issued in paper form. Now, “Paper Certificate” has become an option. Applicants can only receive a paper trademark registration certificate by indicating their preference with an X mark in the section [Paper Certificate]. Otherwise, the trademark registration certificate will be issued electronically.

Second, the addition of sound trademarks and three-dimensional trademarks, as well as the removal of linked trademarks. In the section “Type of trademark registration requested” under item 1, this adjustment is in line with the provisions of the current Law on Intellectual Property.

Third, providing information about the citizen identification number. In item 2, in the section for providing information about the applicant, the new form requires additional information about the citizen identification number of the applicant.

The purpose of this is to facilitate the Intellectual Property Office in verifying and managing the data and information of the applicant accurately and completely. However, providing information about the citizen identification number is not mandatory. It only applies in cases where the applicant is an individual. For cases where the applicant is an organization, specific guidance from the Intellectual Property Office has not yet been issued. For foreign individuals as applicants, they do not need to provide an ID number or equivalent information related to the citizen identification number

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Some frequently asked questions

What is a trademark?

According to Article 4.16 of the IP Law of Vietnam, a “mark” means any sign used to distinguish goods or services of different organizations or individuals. Such signs must be visible and may include letters, words, drawings, or images including holograms, or a combination thereof, represented in one or more colors.

How long is the validity term of a registered Trademark in Vietnam?

According to Article 93.6 of the IP Law of Vietnam, the validity term of a Trademark Registration Certificate is 10 years from the regular filing date and can then be renewed indefinitely for consecutive periods of 10 years.

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The procedure for amending a patent application

The procedure for amending a patent application

Not every patent application is accepted by the Intellectual Property Office. Therefore, the applicant needs to go through the procedure to amend the patent application. So what is the procedure for amending a patent application in 2023?

How to amend a patent application

Amending a patent application is a procedure carried out when the applicant changes the name or address, or both the name and address, during the examination process, making it different from the corresponding information on the patent application already submitted to the Intellectual Property Office. Therefore, to carry out the amendment of a patent application, the applicant or representative (in the case of submission through an industrial property representative organization such as GreenIP) needs to prepare a set of documents for amending the patent application to submit to the Intellectual Property Office. The amendment application dossier includes:

  • 02 request forms for amending the patent application (form: 01-SĐĐ Appendix B of Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN)
  • Legal documents proving the amendment: These documents can be an amended description, an amended summary of the corresponding invention/utility solution; a detailed description of the amendment compared to the originally submitted documents; a business registration certificate, etc.
  • Power of attorney (if required to submit the amendment request through an IP service representative organization as GreenIP )
  • Fee and charges receipts.

Procedure for amending a patent application

After the amendment application dossier is submitted to the Intellectual Property Office, the processing of the amendment application dossier follows the following sequence:

Step 1: Receiving the amendment application dossier. The amendment application dossier will be received and stamped by an Intellectual Property Office specialist when the dossier is found to be complete with the necessary documents according to the law.

Step 2: Processing the dossier. After receiving the amendment application dossier, the Intellectual Property Office will consider the content of the requested amendment to the patent application. If the application has no deficiencies, the Intellectual Property Office will issue a notice acknowledging the amendment and publish it in the Industrial Property Gazette.
If the application has deficiencies or is invalid, the Intellectual Property Office will issue a notice of the intention to reject the amendment and specify the reason. In such cases, the applicant can rectify the deficiencies according to the notice from the Intellectual Property Office within a certain period of time. If the rectification does not meet the requirements, there is no objection or the objection is unjustified, the Intellectual Property Office will issue a notice rejecting the request to amend the patent application.
Step 3: The Intellectual Property Office issues a notice of acknowledging or rejecting the amendment to the patent application.

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Can someone else be authorized to submit a trademark application

Can someone else be authorized to submit a trademark application?

Trademark protection is essential for trademark owners because it provides them with the right to protect their trademarks from infringement by others. However, not all trademark owners may have the ability to submit a trademark application themselves. So, can someone else be authorized to submit a trademark application?

Can someone else be authorized to submit a trademark application?

According to Article 107 of the IP Law of Viet Nam 2005, there are regulations regarding representation in procedures related to industrial property rights, including trademark registration. The law states the following:

“1. Authorization in performing procedures related to the establishment, maintenance, renewal, modification, termination, or invalidation of certificates of protection must be granted through a power of attorney.

2. The power of attorney must contain the following essential information: a) The full name and address of the grantor and the person granted the power of attorney.

b) The scope of the authorization.

c) The duration of the authorization.

d) The date of issuance of the power of attorney.

e) The signature and seal (if any) of the grantor.

3. A power of attorney without a duration is considered to have indefinite validity and ceases to be valid only when the grantor declares the termination of the authorization.”

Based on the above regulations, it is possible to authorize someone else to submit a trademark application. The authorized person has the right to submit the trademark application if the power of attorney includes provisions regarding this matter.

What requirements must be met for a trademark application?

According to Article 105 of the IP Law of Viet Nam, the requirements for a trademark application are as follows:

  • The documents, specimens, and information identifying the trademark to be protected in the trademark application include:
  • The trademark specimen and the list of goods or services bearing the trademark
  • The regulations on collective trademark use and certification trademark use.
  • The trademark specimen must be described to clarify the constituent elements of the trademark and the overall meaning of the trademark (if any). If the trademark contains words or phrases in pictorial language, those words or phrases must be transcribed. If the trademark contains words or phrases in a language other than Vietnamese, they must be translated into Vietnamese. If the trademark is a sound, the trademark specimen must be an audio file and the representation in the form of a graphic of that sound.
  • The goods or services mentioned in the trademark application must be classified into appropriate groups according to the international classification table for goods and services for the purposes of trademark registration, as published by the state management agency for industrial property.
  • The regulations on collective trademark use include the following essential contents:
  • The name, address, basis of establishment, and operation of the collective organization as the trademark owner.
  • The criteria for becoming a member of the collective organization.
  • The list of organizations and individuals authorized to use the trademark.
  • Conditions for using the trademark.
  • Measures to handle violations of the regulations on collective trademark use.
  • The regulations on certification trademark use must include the following essential contents:
  • The organization or individual is the trademark owner.
  • The conditions for using the trademark.
  • The characteristics of the goods or services certified by the trademark.
  • Methods for evaluating the characteristics of goods or services and controlling the use of the trademark.
  • Expenses that the trademark user must bear for certification and protection of the trademark, if any.

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Some frequently asked questions

Can a trademark application cover multiple classes?

Yes, it can. Single trademark application covering multi-classes is accepted with the provision that the official filing fee must be paid for each class.

Which classification systems are applied for  Vietnamese Trademark?

The Nice 10th Classification System is applied in Vietnam in registrations for trademarks. The Vienna Classification system is used for figure trademarks.

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Extension of industrial design exclusive rights

Extension of industrial design exclusive rights

According to current legislation, an industrial design certificate has a validity of five years (from the date of valid application). When the validity of this certificate expires, the owner must follow the procedure to extend its validity in order to continue being the owner of the industrial design certificate. So, what are the procedures for the extension of industrial design exclusive rights?

Validity of industrial design certificates

According to Vietnamese law, each industrial design certificate has a validity period of 5 years from the date of issuance and can be extended twice consecutively, each time for 5 years. Therefore, the maximum validity of an industrial design certificate is 15 years from the date of application submission.

The extension of industrial design exclusive rights is a procedure that requests the state authority to continue protecting the registered industrial design. This extension is done by submitting the required documents to the Intellectual Property Office according to the prescribed procedure.

Extension of industrial design exclusive rights

Timeframe for submitting applications for extending industrial design exclusive rights The extension of industrial design exclusive rights can be done within two timeframes:

  • 6 months before the expiration of the protection period.
  • 6 months after the expiration of the protection period (in this case, an additional late fee of 10% per month is required).

Document requirements

The application for extending the validity of industrial design exclusive rights should include the following documents:

  • Application form for extending the validity of the industrial design certificate (Form 02-GH/DTVB Appendix C Circular 16/2016/TT-BKHCN).
  • Original industrial design certificate (if the request is to record the extension on the certificate).
  • Power of attorney (if the application is submitted through a representative).
  • Copy of the fee payment receipt (if the fees are paid through postal services or directly to the Intellectual Property Office’s account).

Procedure for extending Industrial Design exclusive rights

Step 1: Submit the application for extending the validity of the industrial design certificate. The owner of the certificate can submit the application directly or send it via postal services to the Intellectual Property Office.

Step 2: Processing the application for extending industrial design exclusive rights The Intellectual Property Office will consider the application within 1 month from the date of receipt. Results:

  • For valid applications: The Intellectual Property Office will issue a decision to extend the validity, record the extension in the certificate (if requested), and publish the decision in the Industrial Property Gazette within 2 months from the date of the decision.
  • For invalid applications: The Intellectual Property Office will notify the applicant of the decision to refuse the extension, stating the reasons and giving a period of 2 months (from the date of notification) for the applicant to rectify the deficiencies.

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Some frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of industrial design?

The purpose of industrial design is to create products that are aesthetically pleasing, and functional, and provide a good user experience. It aims to optimize the performance, durability, utility, and attractiveness of the product. By analyzing the needs and desires of customers, industrial design offers creative and unique solutions to create the best possible product in a competitive environment.

Where can an industrial design renewal application be submitted?

In Hanoi: 386 Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan Trung Ward, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi.
In Da Nang: 3rd floor, 135 Minh Mang Street, Khue My Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang.
In Ho Chi Minh City: 7th floor, Ha Phan Building, 17-19 Ton That Tung Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

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When transferring, assigning, and licensing IP rights, certain documents are required

When transferring, assigning, and licensing IP rights, certain documents are required.

There are several reasons why an intellectual property owner may want to transfer these rights to someone else. However, the transfer of intellectual property rights is often a complex process and is regulated by laws and requirements of intellectual property agencies. So what documents are required When transferring, assigning, and licensing IP rights, certain documents are required?

What is the transfer of IP Rights?

The transfer of intellectual property rights is the process of transferring all or part of the intellectual property rights from the transferor (assignor) to the transferee (assignee). The transfer of intellectual property rights is typically carried out by signing a licensing agreement between the two parties. Intellectual property rights may include copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial property rights, and industrial design rights.

Assignment of Intellectual Property Rights

The assignment of intellectual property rights is transmitting, transferring, or assigning all or part of the intellectual property rights from one party (assignor) to another party (assignee). The assignment of intellectual property rights is usually done by signing an assignment agreement. Intellectual property rights may include copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial property rights, or industrial design rights.

When transferring, assigning, and licensing IP rights, the following documents are required

  1. For transfer:
  • Declaration form for recording transfer of trademark registration (typed according to form: 01-SĐĐ Appendix B of Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN).
  • Transfer documentation: This document should clearly state the name and address of the transferor and transferee, as well as the transfer number or sufficient information to identify the transfer.
  • Power of attorney: If the transfer request is submitted through a representative service organization, a power of attorney is required.

2. For assignment:

  • Intellectual property transfer contract: This contract must specify the information about the assignor, assignee, scope of intellectual property rights being assigned, value, and other related conditions regarding the assignment.
  • Intellectual property license: This document grants permission to use and license intellectual property rights.
  • Confirmation document of assignment: This is a document signed by the parties involved in the assignment to confirm the transfer and other related documents.

3. For licensing:

Patent/utility solution/industrial design/trademark licensing contract (except for famous trademarks) that is valid according to the agreement of the parties. The process and procedures for registering a licensing agreement are as follows: The dossier includes a declaration form, 2 original copies of the contract, a certified copy of the protective document, a business license (if it is a trademark), documents of fee payment, and a power of attorney (if required). The dossier is submitted to the Intellectual Property Office (within 60 days from the date of signing the contract, which can be extended for justified reasons). The Intellectual Property Office in Viet Nam will accept the dossier and make decisions: either not accepting the registration due to the contract violating content, form, or jurisdiction, or rejecting the registration with a written statement providing the reason and ensuring the right to appeal for the parties involved; or requesting amendments to certain provisions of the contract before registration. If the requirements are met, the office will accept and proceed with the procedures for registration of the licensing agreement.

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