The time limit for processing a trademark application is the total time from the filing of the application until the mark is granted or is denied a protection title.
From the date of receipt by the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) in Vietnam, the trademark application has be reviewed in the following steps:
Details and specific tasks of processing trademark applications are done through steps as follows:
After an in-depth searching and the trademark is evaluated to be registrable, the applicant proceeds to file a trademark registration application at the National Office of Intellectual Property.
The time limit for formal examination of a trademark application is 01 month from the date of filing date.
Time limit for publication of trademark registration applications: 02 months from the date of notification of acceptance of valid applications.
Contents of announcement of a trademark registration application are information related to a valid application stated in the notice of acceptance of a valid application, a sample of the mark and the attached list of goods and services.
Time limit for substantive examination: 09 months from the date of application publication.
The applicant pays the fee for granting the protection title.
When the NOIP issues a Notice not to grant a title to the mark that the applicant has registered. The trademark application owner shall review and send a written response to and appeal against the decision of the NOIP, and simultaneously provide legal basics for granting a trademark protection title for his or her trademark.
Time limit for grant of title: 02-03 months from the date of payment of fees for grant of trademark registration certificates.
According to the experience of Viet An Law Firm, the normal time for trademark registration will last about 18 -24 months from the date of filing the trademark application.
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