Wednesday, January 17, 2018

VIetnam's IP law amendments

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The fourth amendment to the IP laws of Vietnam came into force on 15th January this week. To do this Circular No. 16/2016 was issued in June 2016 by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) amending Circular No. 01/2007. This is the typical way that laws are amended in Vietnam by amendments to amendments.
 
Most of the changes relate to IP registration procedures at the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP). They inclide in relation to office actions, appeals, refusals, deadline compliance, PCT national phase entry, trademark disclaimers, Madrid based trademark procedures, definition of and specification for industrial designs.  
 
The new definition for designs is "A product being understood as an object, device, equipment, means, or part thereof for assembly or integration into a product, manufactured by any industrial or handicraft method, having a clear structure and function, circulated independently."

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