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All needed information about Laos Trademarks

There is necessary information that related to Laos Trademarks that you need to know when wanting to have an application file in Laos.

Some information in short about Laos Trademarks

The legislations will be based on the Prime Minister’s Decree on Trademarks. No 06/PM. These legislations were established in 1995 and have been used until now. The trademark is like a sign which is used to indicate the connection between the ones who have rights to use the sign as well as all their products and services. Those signs can be the names, words, letter, numbers, logos, slogans, or all above factors that are combined.

The trade mark must fit into these following elements. The trademark must be distinctive from others. It cannot be generic or be similar to the previous trademark. The geographic name or sur name aren’t accepted. The signs mustn’t be scandalous, confusing, deceptive or offensive. Moreover, the signs must not include directly to the character or the products/services’ nature.


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Since 1998, Laos has become a member of the Paris Convention. All the applications from the convention countries would be subject to Laos in the right priority date. After 6 months from the first application is summited, the priority application will be done. The priority applications can be applied as the rule of “First to File”. The trademark effect will be lasted for 10 years, after that it can be renewed for each of 10 years.

The procedures in making Laos trademarks

There are 3 steps that applicants need to follow to make the applications for Laos trademark.

  • Application: The application is required to filed to the registers of patents during 12 months from the date of priority.
  • Substantive Examination: It takes about a half of a year from the publication foe the substantive examination to be finished.
  • Registration: At least 2 months will be the time of the registration duration. Since the date of application, the registration will be effective.


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Necessary documents for the application of Laos trademarks

  • The application form is the most important document that cannot be missed
  • The power from the Attorney
  • 20 copies of the mark
  • The list of products or services. The list needs to base on the Nice International Classification
  • The applicant’s full name, nationality and the registered address
  • For those marks that don’t include English words, the transliteration or translation need to be applied

Việt Nam makes Intellectual Property headway

The infographic of 2017 Overall Scores- VNS

Việt Nam is ranked 37th among 45 countries in the latest Intellectual Property (IP) Index report compiled by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Centre.

The report, released for the fifth consecutive year, ranks the United States first and Venezuela last.

Its latest ranking puts Việt Nam ahead of countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, India and Egypt, but behind the Philippines. It also marks an approximately four per cent increase in its overall score to 30 per cent (10.34 out of 35) from 26 per cent (7.83 out of 30) last year.

“This year’s index, namely ‘The Roots of Innovation’, recognises the indispensable role of intellectual property (IP) in facilitating innovative and creative activity on a socially transformative scale,” said Patrick Kilbride, Executive Director for the Global Intellectual Property Center, at the launch of Việt Nam IP Index by AmCham in Hà Nội on Friday.

The 2017 Index benchmarks the IP standards in 45 global economies, representing roughly 90 per cent of global GDP, Kilbride said, adding that economies are scored against six categories of IP protection: patents; copyrights; trademarks; trade secrets; market access; and enforcement and ratification of international treaties.

Thomas Treutler, Chairman of Amcham’s IT, Telecom and IPR Committee, said the increase in Việt Nam’s score this year can be attributed to the country signing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal and improvements in industrial design protection and the ability to commercialise IP protection.

“Over the last few years, Việt Nam has shown strong improvement in the IP sector. The market management authorities and the police seem to be much more active, as evidenced by the fact that hundreds of thousands of counterfeit goods were seized last year,” Treutler said.

He added that in many cases, the operation of businesses producing counterfeit goods had been suspended, which showed the government’s efforts to protect the IP rights of the honest enterprises.

However, although 2016 saw greater government focus on IP, overall efforts remain limited relative to the scale of the challenges, and tend to occur on a case-by-case basis rather than on a large scale, Truetler said.

According to this year’s report, Việt Nam’s improvements in the IP sector include putting a basic IP framework in place, particularly for trademark protection, better protection of domain names and action against confusingly similar marks for dissimilar goods.

The report also mentioned some limitations, like inadequate protection of life sciences patents, challenging enforcement environment, gaps in copyright protection, including lack of measures to address online infringements and very high physical counterfeiting rates and rampant online infringement.

Enforcement is still poor, insufficient penalties are levied and administrative inaction still occurs, according to the report.

The Global Intellectual Property Center says it works around the world to champion intellectual property rights as vital to creating jobs, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

The US Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. — VNS

Vietnam filling the trademark

The following post can help you get to know about the issue of Vietnam filling the trademark.

If you want to get some certificates for the multi-class applications in Vietnam, you can do it. For example, it is acceptable for those who would like to file over one class of products/ services, but they are required to pay an amount of fee for the classes that are additional.

The efficiency for the class headings of products/ services is no more acceptable, but there are still some class headings that are in the International Nice Classification is considered to be usable. In order to get away from the Official Action, it’s required that all the details about the products or services need to designated. There is the equivalent level between each item of the products or services.


If you are wondering about how Vietnam filling the trademark, here are some glues as well as some good suggestion for you.

Required information

You have to summit these following things with precise information

  • The applicant’s full name, address and his/ her nationality
  • Some descriptions about the trademark, for example, the colors and brand name of the products/ services. It’s necessary to have the translation/ transliteration if there are any foreign characters in the mark.
  • The list of products or services that are included in the trademark. Some classes of specific goods or services are also need to be declared clearly and they have to base on the International Classification to do it.
  • If you have some priority during the procedure, it’s important to declare some other factors such as the statement of the country, the application number or the filling date.

Required documents

  • There are also some of the documents that you need to summit to make the application can be able to use.
  • The applicant’s Power of Attorney
  • About 15 specimens whose size are not smaller than 15 x 15mm and not bigger than 18 x 18mm.
  • If the applicant has the convention priority, they need to bring out the certificate copy as well as the English translation if it’s in other languages.

Some general information that needs to be known

There is advice that the applicants should follow, and the advice relies on the legal regulations on trademark that are used in Vietnam.

  • One or more than one class can be covered by a trademark application, and the one who files the applications firstly will be the person to get the priority right. The principle of “first-to-file” is used in Vietnam, so it will be better if the applicant can file the trademark registration as soon as they can, because they can get a lot of benefits for this.
  • The time limit can be count about 12 months since the granting date. Those 12 months include 1 month of making the formality examination, 2 months of the preparation of data for the publication, and the rest 9 months will be for the substantive examination as well as the publication.
  • Trademark Registration Certificate can protect the title of the trademark. And this will be effective since the day of granting.
  • 10 years is the time foe the validity term. It’s counted from the regular filling date, after the 10-year period, it can be renewed.
  • The third party can suspend the Trademark Registration Certificate when it’s used in continuous 5 years with no proper reasons.
  • It needs to have a payment for filling trademark, and the products and services will decide that fee, the generic terms in the registration are not accepted. That’s why the applicants can require to declare the generics terms of products and services.

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