Sunday, April 22, 2018
Vietnam’s filing system

Vietnam has adopted the first-to-file system,i.e. where two or more applications are filed by many different parties for protection of the same design,the patent may only be granted to the valid application with the earliest priority or filing date among applications that satisfy all required conditions; where there are two or more applications satisfying all the conditions and having the same earliest priority or filing date,the industrial design patent may only be granted to a single application out of these applications under an agreement by all applicants. Without such an agreement,all these applications shall be refused for the grant of the industrial design patent.

Accordingly,it is advisable to file an application for an industrial design patent as soon as possible after the design was invented and not to make the design public before filing the application.

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