Trademark in Vietnam shall be passed through three stages, namely as hereafter:
Stage 1: Formality examination of trademark application: within 01 month of filing date. If accepted, NOIP shall issue the decision on accepting the legitimate of the trademark application. Otherwise, a requirement of amendment or clarification shall be issued, the applicant shall respond to such requirement within 01 month from the signing date. The applicant can ask for one month extension of responding to the requirement.
Stage 2: Publication of trademark on Gazette: Trademark shall be published on Gazette within 02 months counted from the legitimating date for opposition.
Stage 3: Substantive examination of trademark in Vietnam: within 9-12 months counted from the publishing date, NOIP shall issue the Notification of registrability of the trademark application. If the trademark application is rejected, the applicant shall have two months to respond to this. Two month extension of responding to NOIP’s refusal is also applied.
Total time applied for a straight forward case of trademark in Vietnam: 12-16 months.
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