From 21 March
2009 new official rates for industrial property fees will
be applied. According to Circular No. 22/2009/TT-BTC issued by
Vietnam Ministry of Finance the new rates will be increased by
around 20% and fees will be applied to some of the works that have not
been applied before, for example:
- In opposition proceeding against the grant of a
trademark application: VND 300.000 (USD 17.65). For the information, this fee
is not applied before the effective date of this Circular.
- In granting registration certificate: the fees will
be calculated based on the number of classes (to the trademark applications);
number of variants (to industrial design applications), and number of
independent claims (to patent applications).
FYI, registration fees have been calculated per
application (but not on the number of Classes/variants/independent claims)
before the effective date of this Circular
trademarks are automatically recognized in Vietnam and legally protected as
registered brand names even if the owners have yet to apply for protection, a
senior official has said.