How can I apply for trademark in the whole of vietnam?
Our company has already trademarked in Singapore. And we wanted to extend the trademarks to vietnam as we are going into vietnam market.
Please be informed that trade mark protection is territorial in nature. A separate registration will have to be made in each of the countries where trade mark protection is desired.
Let me take this opportunity to share with you some information about The Madrid Protocol application which provides for a system of international registration of marks. The Madrid Protocol is administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Under the Madrid Protocol, a trade mark must first be registered or applied for in the country of origin before filing for an international application. A country of origin is a country that is a party to the Madrid Protocol where the applicant is a resident or national of, or has a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment. The Madrid Protocol is open to its members only. You may wish to refer to Part 2.1 on International application form MM2 for the selected countries of registration. Thailand is a member of the Madrid Protocol.
An international application must be initiated in a member country seeking trade mark protection in other member country/countries. To apply, an applicant submits a single application to the trade mark office in his home country or the International Bureau of WIPO in Geneva. In his application, he can designate the country or countries in which he wishes to seek protection for his trade mark.
This process produces the same effect as if an application for the registration of the trade mark has been made in each country designated by the applicant. The Madrid Protocol allows a trade mark owner to seek protection for his trade mark in several countries simultaneously by filing one application with a single office, in one language, and with one set of fees in one currency (Swiss francs).
You will have to make a payment of SGD$250.00 (efile) to IPOS. You are required to refer to the Fee Calculator which is available on our website for the exact amount of the selected countries for registration to convert to Swiss Franc currency. Payment is payable to WIPO's account number that is applicable on form MM2 of Part 3.2 Method Of Payment to WIPO. Then after, you will need to print out the amount and make a telegraphic transfer to the bank. The bank will issue you a telegraphic transfer receipt which you will have to make a photocopy and attach together with MM2(E). When efiling, please create a new account at https://digitalhub.ipos.gov.sg if you have not done so.
For the countries that are not member with WIPO, you may consider contacting the embassy for help for apply to register the trade mark directly to the respective IP Offices. An international registration lasts 10 years. It may be renewed for further periods of 10 years by paying the prescribed fees to WIPO via the country of origin.
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