1. Why should you register the inventions of tools and processes in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish in Vietnam?

Nowadays, there are many new tools and processes are applied in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish in order to improve the labor productivity. There are more and more companies start to invest and operate in this industry, thus making it more competitive. In a competitive market like that, companies always have to research and apply new tools and methods to create competitive advantages, and in order to protect and maintain that advantages, it is very important to register the inventions with the competent state agencies as soon as possible. Without registration, your inventions may be easily copied or stolen and you will lose your advantages, that means you will also lose your money. After registering the invention, your company will have exclusive rights to use and apply the inventions in production.

Besides, in case there is any disputes related to the invention, a registered invention will be one of the legal basis for the competent state agencies to determine the owner and intellectual property rights of the owner. It is also the basis for the competent state agency to proceed with adequate administrative action if other companies, organizations or individuals violate those exclusive rights.

On the other hand, in terms of economic benefit, a patent will create a good impression with customers. Customers will see a patent as a proof of an innovative company with high-quality products. Accordingly, the company would sell more products and increase its revenue.

An invention owner can also use the patent used as a property to be contributed to the capital of other companies, business cooperation contracts or investment projects. You can receive extra profit from licensing or transferring the patent for other entities in the market.

2. What are inventions of tools and processes in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish?

After understanding the importance of invention registration, you might want to know exactly what are inventions in general and what are inventions of tools and processes in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish in particular.

Inventions can be understood as technical solutions that apply natural rules in order to solve specific issues in our life. These solutions can be presented in the form of technical tools, machines, mechanisms or technical processes and methods. Inventions can be protected in the form of Invention patents or Utility solution patents.

In general, an invention only is granted a patent when it satisfies requirements as below:

- It is novel;

- It is creative, not common knowledge;

- It is susceptible of industrial application.

In order to be granted a patent, the inventions will be classified into different Classes, and according to the current version of International Patent Classification, inventions of tools and processes in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish are classified into Class A22 of Section A, which mainly includes tools or processes such as:

- Apparatus for fettering animals to be slaughtered;

- Slaughtering or stunning by means of bolts, e.g. slaughtering pistols, cartridges;

- Slaughtering or stunning by electric current;

- Slaughtering or stunning for poultry or fish, e.g. slaughtering pliers, slaughtering shears;

- Slaughtering tools; Slaughtering knives;

- Kosher slaughtering devices;

- Accessories for use during or after slaughtering such as slaughtering pens; blood-collecting apparatus; blood-stirring devices;

- Slaughtering stands or spreaders for cattle;

- Skinning instruments or knives;

- Cleaning the stomach of slaughtered animals;

- Splitting instruments;

3. How to register the inventions of tools and processes in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish in Vietnam?

The applicant should prepare an application dossier of invention registration for tools and processes in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish with documents and papers as below in order to be accepted by the competent state agencies:

- 02 Declaration Forms of Invention Registration (following to the prescribed form);

- 02 Protection request of invention/utility solution;

- 02 Invention description forms;

- Power of attorney (if any);

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

4. Procedures for registration of inventions of tools and processes in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish in Vietnam?

The application dossier can be submitted directly at the National Office of Intellectual Property’s official office in Hanoi or to one of the representative offices of the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) in Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang City. Besides, the application dossier can also be filed indirectly via postal services.

After the NOIP receive the application dossier of invention registration, the competent state agency sill proceeds with the following procedures:

Step 1: The NOIP will examine the form of the invention registration application

Step 2: The NOIP publish the valid application in the Industrial Property Official Gazette

Step 3: The NOIP will examine the content of the invention registration application

Step 4: The NOIP will Issue the patent for the invention and record the patent

5. Where to register the inventions of tools and processes in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish in Vietnam?

Foreign companies or individuals can only register their inventions through an industrial property representative in Vietnam according to the current provisions of intellectual property law. All clients who want to register an invention can contact and come directly 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 tools and processes in butchering, meat treatment, processing poultry or fish 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