1. What is an invention of presses, layered products, tools and methods in making paper, cardboard, and additive manufacturing technology?

According to the provision of intellectual property law of Vietnam, inventions are defined as technical solutions in the form tools, machines, parts, mechanisms, or technical processes, methods that apply natural rules in order to resolve particular issues. An invention can be protected by patent in the form of an Invention patent or Utility solution patent.

The invention must meet the following conditions in order to be granted an Invention patent:

- It is novel;

- It is creative;

- It is susceptible of industrial application.

An invention shall be granted a Utility solution patent if satisfy the following criteria:

- It is not common knowledge;

- It is novel;

- It is susceptible of industrial application.

When register inventions with the competent state agencies, the inventions will be sorted out in different Class according to the International Patent Classification. According to the current version of International Patent Classification, invention of presses, layered products, tools and methods in making paper, cardboard, and additive manufacturing technology are classified into Class B30, B31, B32 and B33 of Section B. This group of Classes mainly includes products and technical process as below:

- Presses in general such as ram press, presses using rotary pressing members like rollers, rings, discs, briquetting presses, tableting presses,...;

- Making containers of paper, cardboard;

- Wound tubes of paper or cardboard;

- Making articles of paper, cardboard or similar materials;

- Mechanical working or deformation of paper, cardboard;

- Products built-up of strata of flat or non-flat such as cellular or honeycomb, form;

- Manufacturing of three-dimensional objects by additive deposition, additive layering or agglomeration, such as 3D printing.

2. Why should you register the inventions of presses, layered products, tools and methods in making paper, cardboard, and additive manufacturing technology in Vietnam?

Nowadays, registration for the protection of inventions is a very important task that every company, organization or individual that own the inventions should carry out. The owner of the inventions, especially companies, will receive great advantages as below:

- After being granted a patent, other entities will not be allowed to use the inventions or manufacture the products based on the inventions without the consent of the owner. The patent owner has exclusive rights to use or manufacture products based on the inventions. This will be a great competitive advantage for a company to compete with other companies in the market.

- In case there is a dispute related to the invention, a patent will help parties in identifying the legal owner of the invention. Besides, the patent will also be a legal basis for competent state agencies to carry out adequate administrative action to handle the violations.

- Customers will be more attracted to buy the products that manufactured based on the inventions. Customers often see a patent as a certification of a high-quality and innovative product.

- The invention owner can receive money from licensing or transferring the patent for other companies, organizations or individuals in the market. On the other hand, the patent can also be used as a property to contribute to the capital of companies.

From the above advantages, companies, organizations or individuals who own inventions should carry out the procedure of invention registration as soon as the invention is finished in order to protect it.

3. How to register the inventions of presses, layered products, tools and methods in making paper, cardboard, and additive manufacturing technology in Vietnam?

According to the provision of intellectual property law, the dossier of invention registration for presses, layered products, tools and methods in making paper, cardboard, and additive manufacturing technology in Vietnam shall include papers and documents as below:

- Invention registration Application form (02 copies according to the prescribed form);

- The invention description (02 copies);

- Protection request of invention/utility solution (02 copies);

- Receipts of state fees and charges (as prescribed);

- Letter of authorization (if applied through an industrial property representative);

4. Procedures of registration of inventions of presses, layered products, tools and methods in making paper, cardboard, and additive manufacturing technology in Vietnam?

The invention registration dossier can be submitted directly or via postal service to the National Office of Intellectual Property or its representative offices, specifically as follows:

- National Office of Intellectual Property, address: 386 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi City.

- Representative offices of National Office of Intellectual Property in Ho Chi Minh City at 7th Floor, Ha Phan Building, 17/19 Ton That Tung, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang City at 3rd floor, 135 Minh Mang, Khue My ward, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang city.

In case of filing the application for registration of an invention/utility solution by post, the applicant needs to transfer money through the postal service, and then make a photocopy of the Money Transfer Receipt attached with the application to one of places mentioned above to prove the amount paid.

After submitting the dossier of invention registration, the invention registration application will be assessed by the competent state agency through the stages as below:

Stage 1: Appraise the form of the invention registration application

Stage 2: Publish the application information in the Industrial Property Official Gazette

Stage 3: Appraise the content of the invention registration application

Stage 4: Issue the patent for the invention and record the patent

5. Where to register the inventions of presses, layered products, tools and methods in making paper, cardboard, and additive manufacturing technology in Vietnam?

According to the provisions of intellectual property law, foreign companies or individuals can only register their inventions through an industrial property representative in Vietnam. Clients can contact and come to Minh Khue Law Firm to be counseled and helped in carrying out the procedure of registration of inventions in Vietnam. Minh Khue Law Firm has been licensed as an industrial property representative in Vietnam since August 2017 by the NOIP, with the representative code is 226.

All the procedures will be carried out by the Intellectual Property Department of Minh Khue Law Firm 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 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

After the application is submitted, the National Office of Intellectual Property will record and issue the application number.

6. Contact to register the inventions of presses, layered products, tools and methods in making paper, cardboard, and additive manufacturing technology 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