The light bulb is an indispensable item in life. Not only used in houses, but also on streets… Light bulbs are not only for lighting at night but it is also used for decoration. Currently, on the market, there are thousands of models, designs, and types of light bulb selling. As a result, fierce competition in the market between individuals and enterprises keeps increasing. Therefore, to have a stable and unstable position in the lighting market, the light bulb products when being released in the market must have the own trademark. Trademarks give light bulb products reputation, reflect the products’ quality and attract consumers.
However, to protect their trademarks as well as light bulb products, businesses dealing in these products need to register for trademark protection at the competent state authorities.
Viet An Law would like to give advice on the process and notices in performing procedures for trademark registration according to the current law.
Customers design a trademark sample for their light bulb products and send it to Viet An Law. Viet An Law will conduct a free preliminary search of the trademark within 01 – 02 working days from the date of receiving the trademark sample. After looking it up, Viet An Law will inform the possibility of registration for the trademark sample customers sent.
Viet An Law supports customers to classify light bulbs according to The Classification of classes of goods and services registered with the trademark (The Nice International Classification). Accordingly, bulb products intended to register trademark are in class 11: Appliances for lighting.
The process and procedures for light bulb products trademarks registration include:
Individuals and organizations wishing to register trademarks may themselves apply for trademark registration applications at the competent state agency. They also can authorize them through a representative of Viet An Law. At the same time, when submitting the registration application, customers shall pay the registration fee and take the receipt of the trademark registration fee to submit attached with the dossier.
Attached with the application, customers need to provide these documents:
Viet An Law will conduct a draft of the dossier and represent for customers to submit the dossier at the Intellectual Property.
The trademark registration application shall be received by the state management agency in charge of industrial property rights if that application meets the requirements according to provisions of Clause 1 Article 108 of the Law on Intellectual Property 2005.
After receiving the trademark registration application, the state management agency shall process the trademark registration application through the following stages:
The trademark registration application is appraised form to assess the validity of the application, including necessary documents; grouping; stated object classification; right to submit;… Form appraisal period time is about 01 – 02 months from the date of submitting.
The application, which is accepted by the state management agency, will be published on the gazette within 02 – 03 months from the date the application is accepted as a contractual application.
The accepted applicants will be appraised content at the same time. The time to appraise content is 06 months from the date the application is published.
Within content appraisal period time, the state management agency in charge of industrial property right has the right to request the applicant to explain the application, provide information of object stated in the application.
The trademark registration applications, not the cases of refusal to grant the protection title specified in Clause 1, Clause 2, and Point b Clause 3 Article 117 of the law on Intellectual Property, the applicant pays the granting fee. After that, the state management agency in charge of industrial property rights issues a notice to grant the protection title and register on the National Register of Industrial Property Rights.
The time to grant the protection title is 01 – 02 months from the date of paying the granting fee.
Notices: A trademark protection period is 10 years from the submitting date, it can be extended an unlimited number of times at the end of the protection term. Customers pay maintenance fees during the period of trademark protection. During the protection period, customers can terminate the trademark protection and must notify the state management agency.
Viet An Law would like to provide legal services relating to trademark registration in particular and services on the trademark in general. Customers have any questions or needs, please contact Viet An Law directly for support timely.
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