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  • Property intellectual law No. 07/VBHN-VPQH dated June 25, 2019
  • Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN dated February 14, 2007

1. Minimum Registration Dossier For Geographical indication

– First of all, 02 Declaration for registration which are according to form No. 05-CDĐL Appendix A of Circular No. 16/2016/TT-BKHCN;
– Secondly, The description of peculiar characteristics and quality, or reputation of the product bearing the geographical indication;
– Thirdly, The map of the geographical area bearing the geographical indication;
– Finally, Fee and charge receipts.

2. Other documents (if any)

– Power of attorney (in case through a representative);
– Documents certifying the permission to use special signs (if the geographical indication contains emblems, flags, armorial bearings, abbreviated names or full names of Vietnamese state agencies/ organizations or international organizations, etc.);
– Paper of the right to file an application;
– Documents certifying the lawful right of registration (in case the applicant enjoys the right to file from another person);
– Documents evidencing the right of priority (if the patent application has a claim for priority right).

3. General requirements for Geographical indication registration dossier

  • Initially, each application can request a grant of one protection title which is of a type suitable to the geography indication stated in the application;
  • Secondly, all documents of the application must be in Vietnamese. For documents that are in another language must be translated into Vietnamese, according to the Points 7.3 and 7.4 of Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN ;
  • Additionally, all documents of the application must be presented in the portrait format on A4 paper sheets (210 mm x 297 mm), of which the top, bottom, left and right margins are all 20 mm, in Times New Roman font;
  • Besides, for documents that must follow to pre-designed forms;
  • Plus, a document consisting of many pages must have page numbers in Arabic;
  • Next, all documents must be typewritten or printed with non-fading ink, clear and clean, and no erasures and modifications.
  • Furthermore, terms in the application must be common ones (other than dialects, rare words, coined words). Symbols, units of measurement, electronic fonts, and spelling rules in the application must conform to Vietnam standards;
  • Lastly, the application may be accompanied by carriers of electronic data of part or the entire content of documents.

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