1. Why should you register the inventions of brushes, furniture, domestic articles, appliances, coffee mills, spice mills and suction cleaners in Vietnam?

There are so many products of brushes, furniture, domestic articles, appliances, coffee mills, spice mills and suction cleaners that are manufactured and sold today and the competitiveness of the market is very intensive. In a competitive market like that, companies have to keep researching and creating new inventions every year in order to survive and develop constantly. And along with the increase in the number of inventions, it is also very important to have adequate ways to protect the inventions from competitors. One of the most effective solutions is to register the inventions with the competent state agencies. You can receive wonderful benefits from registering your inventions and we can point out some benefits as below:

  • The owner of the inventions will have the exclusive right to apply technical solutions of inventions to manufacture specific products. This exclusive right will create competitive advantages for the company in the market.
  • The patent will be the legal basis to prove the ownership, to protect invention owners, handle infringements, claim compensation for infringed inventions. Along with the development of the economy, there are more situations of copying and infringing inventions for the purpose of unfair competition. When a dispute occurs, if the author has not registered the inventions with the competent state agency, it will be very difficult to prove the ownership and the author may lose the invention.
  • The patent will prevent other companies, organizations or individuals from using or stealing the inventions without your permission. It will reduce the status of unfair competition and creating favorable conditions for stable invention use, strengthen the position of your company in the market.
  • A patent will not only bring economic benefits through the sale of products and services but also create significant income from transferring or licensing of the invention.
  • A patent will create a trust for business partners as well as customers of the company, accordingly, the chance of success for business activities will also increase.

From the above benefits, you can see the importance of invention registration and you should carry out this procedure as soon as possible in order to secure your advantages.

2. What are inventions of brushes, furniture, domestic articles, appliances, coffee mills, spice mills and suction cleaners?

The Vietnamese intellectual property law provides the definition of an invention as a technical solution that applies natural laws for the purpose of solving a specific mission in our life. The technical solution is a series of knowledge and techniques presented in the forms of a product, tool, equipment or a technical process and method. According to the provisions of Vietnamese law, a technical resolution can be protected in the form of an Invention patent or Utility solution, with the general conditions as below:

- It is novel;

- It is creative;

- It can be applied industrially.

Based on the nature and characteristics of an invention, the invention can be sorted out into different Classes according to the International Patent Classification. The inventions of brushes, furniture, domestic articles, appliances, coffee mills, spice mills and suction cleaners are classified into Class A46 and A47 of Section A. These Classes include particular products or processes as below:

  • Brushes (handles not integral with brushware); Brush bodies and bristles moulded as a unit;
  • Brush bodies; Handles integral with brushware;
  • Brushes with reservoir or other means for applying substances, e.g. paints, pastes, water
  • Brushes with driven brush bodies;
  • Methods, processes, devices for manufacture of brushes;
  • Tables; desks; office furniture; cabinets; drawers; general details of furniture;
  • Chairs; sofas; beds;
  • Furniture for children;
  • Special furniture, fittings, or accessories for shops, storehouses, bars, restaurants;
  • Household or table equipment;
  • Curtain, draperies;
  • Kitchen equipment; coffee mills; spice mills, cooking tools such as Egg-cookers; Baking, roasting, grilling, frying equipment;
  • Sanitary equipment and toilet accessories;
  • Domestic washing or cleaning machines;

3. How to register the inventions of brushes, furniture, domestic articles, appliances, coffee mills, spice mills and suction cleaners in Vietnam?

Normally, a dossier of registration application for inventions of brushes, furniture, domestic articles, appliances, coffee mills, spice mills and suction cleaners includes the following documents according to the provisions of law:

- Invention Registration Forms (02 copies);

- Invention/utility solution protection request (02 copies);

- Invention Description (02 copies);

- Invention/utility solution summary (02 copies).

- Power of attorney (if any);

- Notarized copy of Business Registration Certificate, Citizen Identity Card;

- The receipts of payment of the state fees and charges (if any);

4. The process of registration for inventions of brushes, furniture, domestic articles, appliances, coffee mills, spice mills and suction cleaners in Vietnam?

Currently, according to the provisions of law, the invention registration application can be submitted in two ways. The first way is to submit the invention registration application directly at the official office of the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) in Hanoi City or representative offices of NOIP in Da Nang City and Ho Chi Minh City and it will take only one morning or afternoon to be done. The second way is to file the dossier indirectly via postal services of post offices or couriers and this way may take a few days depending on the delivery time.

After receiving the invention registration application, the competent state agency will provide an application number for the applicant and start to appraise the application with steps as below:

First step: The NOIP will appraise the form of the application.

Second step: The NOIP will publish information on the application in the Industrial Property Official Gazette.

Third step: The NOIP will appraise the content of the application.

Fourth step: The NOIP will grant a protection title for the Invention/Utility solution patent.

5. Where to register the inventions of brushes, furniture, domestic articles, appliances, coffee mills, spice mills and suction cleaners in Vietnam?

If foreign companies or individuals want to register their inventions in Vietnam, they can only register through an industrial property representative in Vietnam according to the provisions of Vietnamese law. Many foreign as well as domestic clients contacted and were helped by Minh Khue Law Firm to register their inventions in Vietnam. Since August 2017, Minh Khue Law Firm has been licensed as an industrial property representative with the representative code is 226.

The Intellectual Property Department of Minh Khue Law Firm will carry out all the procedures for the client. Our office based in Room 2007, 20th Floor, C2 Building, Vincom Tran Duy Hung, Tran Duy Hung Street, Trung Hoa Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi city.

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 completed register dossier will be submitted at: National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam.

Address: 384-386 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan Trung, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi

6. Contact to register the inventions of brushes, furniture, domestic articles, appliances, coffee mills, spice mills and suction cleaners 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