Industrial design refers to the outside appearance of a product expressed by shapes, lines, colors, or a combination of these elements. Industrial designs are protected only when they have been granted protection certificates. Therefore, registration of industrial designs is necessary to protect enterprises against stealing, copying, counterfeiting, and unhealthy competition from competitors.

How we can help:

  • Industrial design lookup (or Industrial design search): Prior to filing an application, PLF will assist Clients in searching the national industrial design database to verify whether an industrial design has already been registered or applied for. After the search, we will issue a detailed report containing our opinion on the feasibility of registration;
  • Industrial design registration (or design registration): PLF will draft and submit applications for industrial design registration in Vietnam, international registration via WIPO or direct submission in selected countries;
  • Extend registration: PLF will help Clients to maintain the industrial design and keep the certificates valid. We will assist you in filing applications to extend the period of protection before the expiration date;
  • Industrial design management: PLF will advise you on the effective and systematic identification and management of intellectual property rights for industrial designs.
  • Industrial design assignment: PLF will provide advice on strategies and approach plans and implement the related procedures for transferring industrial design ownership or changing the name stated on the certificates;
  • Industrial design enforcement: PLF will draft a cease and desist (or demand) letter or email requesting the offending parties to cease their infringement. In cases where the Clients are the receiving parties, we will assist them in verifying and analyzing the arguments as well as drafting the response letter. Industrial design enforcement also includes drafting letters to be sent to state agencies in charge of industrial design management;
  • Dispute resolution: PLF will represent Clients in the process of mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution before courts or arbitration centers.

How to proceed?

  • Organize direct meetings with our team to clarify our Clients’ requirements, targets, and concerns in Vietnam;
  • Advise and propose an action plan to establish and register an industrial design aligned with the company business plan;
  • Provide key elements and offer options and ways of to manage brands in the best interests of Clients;
  • Evaluate the context and evidence to propose optimal and practical solutions to resolve disputes between parties, therefore contributing to the highest protection of the Client’s interests and limit losses from litigation;
  • Advise on the requirements of industrial design images or photos for registration;
  • Describe the design to highlight what makes the target industrial design unique and different from other applied designs;
  • Identify the groups of services and products to be registered aligned with your business;
  • Liaise with the competent authorities during the registration process;
  • List of documents and legal forms translated from Vietnamese to English to prepare complete applications;
  • Provide a CRM account so our Clients can monitor the legal services and procedures;
  • Deliver protection certificates and provide instructions after obtaining those certificates.

Most Frequent Questions & Answers

We provide services for registration, renewal, amendment of trademark applications, patents, utility solutions, industrial designs, copyrights for domestic and foreign Clients.

The service fee is calculated based on the object to be registered, the number of product/service classes according to the classification table, the number of products/services to be registered, and the intended country for registration.

Yes.  We offer a feasibility check service specifically for trademark applications. After checking, we will issue a report to the Client.

Yes, we provide services for international trademark registrations through the Madrid system.

The service cost will be based on the countries specified by the clients and the information on the object to be registered.

Yes, we provide services for registering copyrights for computer programs.

Currently, PLF is one of the Industrial Property Representatives with the function of representing clients to submit, monitor, and promote registration applications. We have handled numerous cases for clients and have extensive experience in this field.

Clients can request us to issue a Cease-and-Desist Letter to the infringing party. In addition, PLF can act as a representative for Clients to contact relevant authorities such as inspectors, customs, market management agencies, and courts to request actions against the infringement.

According to the regulations, the registration process takes 14 months. However, in practice, this timeframe can extend from 2 to 3 years.

The trademark protection certificate is granted for a period of 10 years from the date of receipt of the application.

After this period, the Client has the right to request an extension.

No, in this case, the applicant needs to authorize a competent representative organization to proceed with the trademark registration in Vietnam.

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