1. Why should you register the inventions of purses, luggage, handbags, and travelling articles in Vietnam?

The market of purses, luggage, handbags, and travelling articles is a big market with so many products are manufactured and sold every day in the world. Along with the development of the economy and society, this industry also has to change and develop constantly. Therefore, there are more and more inventions are created and companies have to pay more attention to the protection of these inventions. One of the most effective ways to protect inventions from being copied or stolen is to register them with the competent state agency through prescribed procedures. Registration of invention is a very important action and it can bring outstanding advantages to the invention owners such as:

  • Exclusive right to manufacture protected products: Basically, this is the right to apply technical solutions of inventions to create specific products.
  • Legal basis to prove ownership: When the economy develops, the situation of copying and infringing inventions for the purpose of unfair competition occurs more often. At this time, if the author starts to register for protection, his or her rights have already been seriously infringed. Thus, it can be seen that the registration of patent protection is the basis for the law to protect invention owners, handle infringements, claim compensation for infringed inventions.
  • Contribute to creating a position in the market: When the owner of the invention registers and is granted a protection certificate, the infringement, exploitation and use for commercial purposes will be limited. Thereby reducing the status of unfair competition and creating favorable conditions for stable invention use, creating a position in the market for enterprises.
  • Create new sources of income: A register invention will not only create economic benefits through the production of goods and services but also bring a significant profit through the sale or licensing of an invention.
  • Advantages when developing and promoting the business: A patent will create a trust for business partners of the company, thus increasing the chance of success for business activities and negotiations. It also creates a good image for the company and supports for the marketing plan of the company.

So you can see it is very important to register inventions as soon as possible in order to enjoy its benefits and prevent potential risks.

2. What are the inventions of purses, luggage, handbags, and travelling articles?

Provisions of intellectual property law of Vietnam define an invention as a technical solution that solves a particular mission in our life by applying natural principles. This solution is a set of knowledge and techniques presented in the forms of a technical products, apparatus, equipment or a technical method, process and measure. A technical resolution can be protected in the form of being granted an Invention patent or Utility solution if satisfies the following general requirements:

- Novelty;

- Creativeness;

- Ability to be applied industrially.

Based on the nature and characteristics of an invention, it will be classified into different Classes of the International Patent Classification. The inventions of purses, luggage, handbags, and travelling articles are classified into Class A45 of Section A. This Class includes particular products or processes as below:

  • Walking sticks; Sticks with supporting, hanging or carrying means;
  • Umbrellas; Umbrellas characterised by their shape or attachment; Umbrellas made of paper;
  • Umbrellas with detachable covers; Special folding or telescoping of umbrellas;
  • Ladies' fans;
  • Purses; Money-bags; Wallets;
  • Flexible luggage; Handbags; Rigid or semi-rigid luggage; Collapsible or extensible luggage, bags;
  • Hairdressing or shaving equipment, e.g. Hair-curling or hair-waving appliances; Devices for washing the hair or the scalp; Hair drying devices; Hair combs for care of the hair;
  • Manicuring or pedicuring implements;
  • Artificial nails;
  • Containers or accessories specially adapted for handling liquid toilet or cosmetic substances; Sachet pads specially adapted for liquid toilet or cosmetic substances;
  • Hand, pocket, or shaving mirrors;
  • Travelling or camp equipment; Sacks or packs carried on the body;

3. How to register the inventions of purses, luggage, handbags, and travelling articles in Vietnam?

A registration dossier for inventions of purses, luggage, handbags, and travelling articles generally comprises the papers as below according to the Vietnamese intellectual property law:

- Invention Registration Forms (02 copies made according to the form provided by competent state agencies);

- Request of Invention/utility solution protection (02 copies);

- Description of Invention (02 copies, the Description must present the nature of the registering invention fully and clearly);

- Invention/utility solution summary (02 copies, the summary can be submitted after the submission of the dossier).

- Letter of authorization (if any);

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

4. Procedures for registration of inventions of purses, luggage, handbags, and travelling articles in Vietnam?

There are two ways to submit the invention registration application. Firstly, the invention registration application can be filed directly at the official office of National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) in Hanoi City or representative offices of NOIP in Da Nang City and Ho Chi Minh City. The first way only takes one morning or afternoon to be done. Secondly, the invention registration application can be filed indirectly via postal services of post offices or couriers. This way of submitting takes a long or short time depending on the delivery time.

After receiving the dossier, the NOIP will issue an application number and start to examine the application through the following steps:

First step: The competent state agency will examine the application in terms of its form.

Second step: The competent state agency will publish the application in the Industrial Property Official Gazette if the application is valid.

Third step: The competent state agency will examine the application in terms of the content.

Fourth step: The protection title for the Invention/Utility solution patent will be granted by the competent state agency.

5. Where to register the inventions of purses, luggage, handbags, and travelling articles 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 purses, luggage, handbags, and travelling articles 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