1. Why should you register the inventions of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives in Vietnam?

Nowadays, the products of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives are getting more and more popular in modern life. There are more companies invest a lot in researching and creating new inventions of these products in order to meet the demand of customers. With great economic value, the inventions of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives need to be protected carefully in many ways, and registering an invention with the competent state agency is always one of the most effective ways to protect the invention. A patent will identify who is the owner of the invention and what is the scope of protection of the invention. Based on the patent, the owner can provide proof of ownership of the invention to the authority when there is any dispute related to the invention. Therefore, if you have an invention, you should register it as soon as possible before any other entity to be recognized as the owner of the invention.

The invention registration will not only bring legal protection but also other great benefits such as:

- The owner will have the exclusive right to exploit the invention in the manufacture of particular products of providing of services. Other third parties are not allowed to use or copy your protected invention, unless they have your permission in advance. Any party tries to exploit the invention without permission will be deemed to violate the owner’s exclusive rights, in that case, the owner of the invention has the right to request competent state agencies to handle such infringement, request for damage compensation. This benefit will be a competitive advantage that helps a company win other competitors in the market.

- The registered invention can bring more profit to the owner by selling more products or services based on the invention, transferring or licensing contracts to other parties, or being used to contribute to the capital of other companies as well as business investment project as a type of asset.

- The image of the company will be enhanced, accordingly, the value of the company will also increase significantly. With a patent, customers as well as business partners of the company will see it as an innovative company with high quality products/services, thus making the business activities of the company successful.

2. What is an invention of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives?

We can understand the inventions as technical solutions that are creations of humans, rather than discoveries (already existed in nature) of humans, which have the purpose is to solve specific issues in our life by applying natural laws. These technical solutions can be in the form of new products of of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives; or new materials, substances, new methods and processes to produce products of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives. An invention can be protected in the form of an Invention patent or Utility solution patent when it meets the general requirements below:

- The solution is new;

- The solution is creative;

- The solution is suitable for industrial application.

According to the provisions of the International Patent Classification, an international system to classify the characteristic and nature of patents in a uniform manner, inventions of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives are classified into Class C09 of Section C. This Class particularly covers materials, substances or processes as below:

- Anthracene dyes;

- Acridine, azine, oxazine, or thiazine dyes;

- Quinoline or polymethine dyes;

- Azo dyes;

- Lakes; Mordants; Dyestuff preparations;

- Treatment of specific inorganic materials other than fibrous fillers;

- Treatment in general of inorganic materials, other than fibrous fillers, to enhance their pigmenting or filling properties;

- Coating compositions, e.g. paints, varnishes or lacquers, filling pastes; chemical paint or ink removers; ink; correcting fluids; woodstains; pastes or solids for colouring or printing; use of material therefor;

- Natural resins; french polish; drying-oils; driers (siccatives); turpentine;

- Polishing compositions other than french polish; ski waxes;

- Preparation of glue or gelatine;

- Adhesives; non-mechanical aspects of adhesive processes in general; use of material as adhesives;

3. How to register the inventions of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives in Vietnam?

In order to register the invention of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives in Vietnam, the dossier of invention registration needs to include the following documents and papers:

- 02 copies of Declaration of Invention Registration (according to the prescribed form);

- 02 copies of Description of Invention/utility solution (including pictures of the invention, if any) and 02 copies of Request of Invention/utility protection;

- 02 copies of Summary of Invention/utility solution;

- In case the registration fees are paid via postal service or transferred into the NOIP's account, the dossier must include a copy of the payment receipt;

- Other documents, if any (e.g. letter of authorization; documents proving the right to register or the priority, etc.).

4. The process of registration for inventions of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives in Vietnam?

In general, the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) will examine an invention registration application through a process with stages as below:

First stage, the submission of the application: the application can be submitted directly to the NOIP in Ha Noi or its representative offices in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, or indirectly via postal services (from one morning or afternoon to a few days, depending on the way to submit the dossier).

Second stage, examination of the form of the application: the form of the application will be examined by the competent state agency (within 02 months from the date of the application submission).

Third stage, the publication of the application: If the application is determined as valid by the competent state agency, its information related to the invention will be published in the Industrial Property Official Gazette (after 18 months from the submission date of the application, or within 02 months from the date of valid application acceptance).

Fourth stage, examination of the content of the application: the content of the application will be examined by the competent state agency (within 18 months from the date of application publication).

Final stage, the patent issuance: the applicant shall be granted the Invention/Utility solution patent after paying all the state fees and charges in accordance with the provisions of law.

5. Where to register the inventions of dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives in Vietnam?

Currently, Vietnamese provisions of intellectual property law require foreign companies or individuals, who want to register their inventions in Vietnam, to carry out the procedures through an industrial property representative in Vietnam. Minh Khue Law Firm is an industrial property representative which has been licensed since August 2017 by the competent state agency, with the representative code is 226. We helped a lot of clients register their invention successfully in Vietnam as well as in other countries in the world.

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 dyes, paints, polishes, natural resins, adhesives 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 Limite