Classifications Applicable at Intellectual Property Office of Viet Nam

> Patent - IPC 2018
> Design - Locarno 10th
> Trademark - Nice 11th (2018) & Vienna 8th




Establishment of Examination Centers & New English Name

Effective as of 4 September 2018, 05 examination centers are established, namely:


> Examination Center for Patent

> Examination Center for Industrial Design

> Examination Center for Trademark 

> Examination Center for Geographical Indications & International Trademark Registrations

> Examination Center for Post-Grant Matters


The establishment of the examination centers is a measure to solve the significant application backlog at the Intellectual Property Office of Viet Nam.


Other centers established include:


> Center for Industrial Property Information

> Center for Information Technology

> Center for Research, Training and Assistance, Consultation

Also as of 4 September 2018, “The Intellectual Property Office of Viet Nam” is used in international transactions, replacing “The National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam”.



Patent - Full-Text Publication of Granted Patents (Pilot)

Since July 2018, the National Office of Intellectual Property has started a pilot full-text publication of granted patents. The publication is in Vietnamese.
 


Patent - The NOIP ceases to receive Patent Prosectution Highway (PPH) Requests for 2016

The NOIP has just stopped receiving PPH requests for the first year of the programme (from April 1 to August 24, 2016) after the 100th requests was filed on August 24, 2016. The NOIP will resume receiving PPH requests on and after April 1, 2017.

The experimental 3-year PPH program is a cooperation between Vietnam National Office of Intellectual Property (for the 1st time ever) and Japan Patent Office. This program will end on March 31, 2019.



Patent - Vietnamese Version of IPC (2011) is Available

National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam published the Vietnamese version of IPC (2011) on its website (noip.gov.vn) for public reference and comments. IPC has long been applicable to all patent applications filed with NOIP although Vietnam is not a member of Strasbourg Agreement.



Design - Adoption of Locarno Classification (8th Edition)

The Director General of National Office of Intellectual Property issued Notice No. 426/TT-SHTT on 24 March 2005 on the application of Locarno Classification (8th edition) to design applications. The 8th edition of Locarno Classification is applicable to all design applications filed with NOIP on or after April 1, 2005.



Trademark - New Vietnamese Version of List of Goods/Services of Nice Classification

As of 1 October 2016, the new Vietnamese version the List of Goods/Services of the Nice Classification shall be used for trademark registration in Vietnam according to a notice from the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP).

This Vietnamese version is a translation of the 2016 version of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification including revisions in 2015 and up to 31 March 2016.

Note: Vietnam is not a contracting party to the Nice Agreement. The NOIP, however, adopts the Nice classification for trademark registration in Vietnam. The NOIP prepares a Vietnamese translation of the List of Goods/Services and publishes same for the public. The last two Vietnamese versions were published in 2012 and 2014.
 


Trademark - Adoption of Vienna Classification (7th Edition)
 
The Deputy Director of National Office of Intellectual Property issued Notice No. 9779/TB-SHTT on 21 November 2013 on the application of Vienna Classification (7th edition) for the purposes of trademark management and searches. The adoption of Vienna Classification does not significantly affect trademark applicants in Vietnam because it is not required to classify figurative elements of trademarks in trademark applications filed with NOIP.
 

 
Trademark - Vietnamese Version of Nice Classification (10th Edition) Available
 
The Deputy Director of National Office of Intellectual Property issued Notice No. 5377/TB-SHTT on 16 July 2012 on the application of the Vietnamese version of Nice Classification (10th edition). The 10th edition of the Nice Classification is applicable to all trademark applications filed with NOIP on or after 1 August 2012.
 


Trademark - Adoption of Nice Classification (10th Edition)

The Deputy Director of National Office of Intellectual Property issued Notice No. 1378/TT-SHTT on 9 March 2012 on the application of Nice Classification (10th edition) to trademark applications filed with NOIP.