1. What are exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric?

Exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric are special marks that are used to differentiate fabric and curtains of fabric that made or sold by your company from products of other companies or individuals in the market. These special marks can be created from letters, slogans, symbols, images or are combinations of those factors; expressed in a single color or multi colors.

According to the newest version of Nice Classification, exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric are classified into Class 24. This Class mainly covers fabrics and fabric covers for household use; such as:

- Linen fabric for indoor use, for example, bed linen, pillowcases, cloth towels;

- Paper bed sheets;

- Sleeping bags, sleeping bags;

- Mosquito net.

This Class does not include certain goods as below:

- Electric heated blankets for medical purposes and not for medical purposes;

- Paper tablecloths;

- Mineral fiber protective curtains, bead blinds or blinds for decoration;

- Blankets for horses;

- Certain textile fabrics and special fabrics, for example, fabric for making books, isolation fabrics, geotextile fabrics.

2. Why should you register exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric in Vietnam?

Although fabric and curtains of fabric are very popular products in our life, very few products of fabric are attached a trademark that was registered with the authorities. Manufacturers and sellers in this market often are household or small companies, who often do not pay attention to building and protecting the trademark of the products. In order to make the products stand out from others, companies or individual should carry out the procedure of trademark registration as soon as possible and receive the huge advantages of this procedure as below:

- Make your products more attractive and recognizable than others. The value of the product will also increase because customer will prefer to buy a product that has a registered trademark than a cheaper one but does not have a clear origin.

- Keep other manufacturers and sellers from using your trademark for their products without your consent. Other entities also cannot register a similar or identical trademark with the registered trademark, thus, enhancing your position in the market.

- Establish a legal basis to ask the authorities to conduct administrative actions when there is a violation of other entities.

- Bring extra profit for the company when providing a license or transfer the registered exclusive trademarks for other entities.

3. How to register exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric in Vietnam?

In order to register exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric, a trademark registration dossier normally comprises papers as below:

- 02 Declaration of exclusive trademark registration (according to the prescribed form);

- 05 Trademark samples (size not exceed 80mm x 80 mm) attached with the list of goods and services that the trademark will be applied for;

- Document proving the right to register the trademark in case the applicant receives the right to from another person;

- Document proving the priority right in case the applicant claim priority;

- Letter of authorization (if applying through representative);

- Receipts of state charges and fees (if any);

4. Procedures of exclusive trademark registration for fabric and curtains of fabric in Vietnam

The dossier of registration of exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric normally goes through the following procedures:

First step: Initially search the trademark

There are two methods to search for a trademark:

- Preliminary search: In this method, trademarks are checked on the digital library of industrial property, the processing time is from 1 day to 3 days. This method normally has a low precision rate (about 60%).

- Advanced search: In this method, trademarks are searched in the records of competent state agencies by the experts in the field intellectual property, the processing time is from 3 days to 7 days. This method usually has a higher precision rate (about 90%).

Second step: Submit the application

The exclusive trademark registration dossier can be filed directly in the only competent state agency - National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) in Ha Noi city or to one of its two representative offices in Da Nang city and Ho Chi Minh city; or it can be filed indirectly via post office or couriers.

Third step: Examine the application and publish the valid application

In this stage, your trademark will be formally evaluated by the NOIP.

Within from 01 month to 02 months since the date the dossier is submitted, the application will be examined by the competent state agency in terms of formal requirements and the NOIP will base on this examination to decide whether to accept your application as a valid application or not.

Within 02 months from the date of valid application decision, the exclusive trademark application will be published on the Industrial Property Gazette, the published information contains the trademark sample; basic information of the applicant and owner; and the list of goods and services that accompanied by the trademark.

Within from 9 months to 12 months from the date the trademark is published, the application will continue to be inspected to decide whether the trademark is identical or cause confusion with another registered trademark, if not, the trademark will be decided to be granted a Trademark Registration Certificate.

Final step: Issue of the certificate

After about 01 month from the date of finishing the payment of all the requested state fees and charges, the competent state agency will grant a trademark registration certificate.

5. Where to register exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric in Vietnam?

According to the provisions of Vietnamese intellectual property law, foreign companies and individuals who want to register their exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric must register through an industrial property representative organization in Vietnam. Minh Khue Law Firm was officially permitted to operate as an industrial property representative organization since August 2017 to carry out all the procedures of trademark registration. Our representative code is 226.

The Intellectual Property Department of Minh Khue Law Firm has helped many domestic as well as foreign clients to register their exclusive trademarks in Vietnam.

Minh Khue Law Firm’s office address: Room 2007, C2 building, Vincom Tran Duy Hung, Trung Hoa ward, Cau Giay district, Ha Noi city.

The person in charge of the Intellectual Property Department of Minh Khue Law Firm:

Lawyer: To Thi Phuong Dzung

Email: dung@luatminhkhue.vn ;

Phone number: + 84986 386 648

The dossier will be submitted in: National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam, address at: 384-386 Nguyen Trai street, Thanh Xuan Trung ward, Thanh Xuan district, Hanoi.

You can refer to some exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric that were registered by Minh Khue Law Firm:

Register exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric in Vietnam?

Sang Luxury Trademark

Class 24: Curtains; mesh curtains; shower curtain with cloth or plastic; eye curtain [in cloth]; fabric wall panels made of cloth; mosquito nets.

6. Contact to register exclusive trademarks for fabric and curtains of fabric in Vietnam

Please contact: Minh Khue Law Company Limited

Address: Room 2007, C2 building, Vincom Tran Duy Hung, Trung Hoa ward, Cau Giay district, Ha Noi city.

Phone number: + 84986 386 648 - Lawyer: To Thi Phuong Dzung

Email: dung@luatminhkhue.vn

Best Regards,

Intellectual Property Department - Minh Khue Law Company Limited