Design Quick Facts


Ornamental features of products’ appearance

Features dictated by functionalities


Features is not visible when in use


Appearance of civil or industrial constructions


Protection Duration

5 years from date of application or priority

Protection Criteria

> Novel
> Non-obvious
> Industrially applicable


> 5 years
> 2 renewals, 5 years each
> Renewal fee
> Use fee (5 years)

Priority Claim

Paris convention (6 months)

WTO Membership



Locarno (10th)


> First-to-File
> 1 application for 1 design (variations/embodiments are possible)

Filing Requirements (Basic)

> Design title
> Drawings
> Power of attorney signed by Applicant (neither notarization nor legalization required)

Typical Drawing Views Required (except for patterns, etc.)

> Perspective
> Front
> Back
> Right-side
> Left-side
> Top
> Bottom

International Application


Examination Process
1. Filing an Application with the Vietnam IPO

2. Formal Examination
> Outcome: decision on acceptance/refusal of an application as to formality

3. Application Publication
(Opposition is possible after application publication up to grant/refusal decision)

4. Substantive Examination
> Outcome: grant/refusal decision

General Information

IPRs in Vietnam

> Patent (The Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam – ‘IPO of Vietnam’)
> Design (The IPO of Vietnam)
> Trademark (The IPO of Vietnam)
> Geographical Indication (state-owned, The IPO of Vietnam)
> Design of IC (The IPO of Vietnam, no substantive examination)
> Trade Secret (No registration required nor available)
> Trade Name (No registration required nor available)
> Protection Against Unfair Competition, IPRs-related (No registration required nor available)
> Copyright & Related Rights (No registration required yet available and advisable at the Copyright Office of Vietnam – Ministry of Culture and Information)
> New Plant Variety (The Plant Variety Protection Office – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development)

Main Domestic Law

> Civil Code
> Penal Code
> Law on Intellectual Property 2015, amended.
> Various Decrees and Circulars

International Treaties

Madrid Agreement (June 25, 1939)


Paris Convention (March 8, 1949)

Industrial property
WIPO Convention (July 2, 1976)

Establishment of WIPO
Patent Cooperation Treaty (March 10, 1993)

Berne Convention (October 26, 2004)

Protection of literary and artistic works
Phonograms Convention (July 6, 2005)

Protection of of phonogram’s producers
Brussels Convention (January 12, 2006)

Prevention of the unauthorized distribution on or from its territory of any programme-carrying signal transmitted by satellite
Madrid Protocol (July 11, 2006)

UPOV Convention (December 24, 2006)

Protection of New Varieties of Plants
WTO (January 11, 2007)

Intellectual property related

Rome Convention (March 1, 2007)

Protection in performances for performers, in phonograms for producers of phonograms and in broadcasts for broadcasting organizations