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SAMSUNG FLIP: Successful petition against the disclaimer imposed by the VNIPO during the trademark registration process

In February 2020, the Vietnam Intellectual Property Office (“VNIPO”) issued a notification informing that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s “SAMSUNG FLIP” mark in class 09 was accepted for registration in its entirety, but the word element “FLIP” is disclaimed. Disagreeing with the disclaimer, Samsung consulted D&N International and decided to file a petition with the VNIPO […]

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“Do Bigger Things”: Succcessful arguments against the VNIPO’s refusal of a slogan mark

In April 2020, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s “Do Bigger Things” mark in class 09 under a national application was provisionally refused by the Vietnam Intellectual Property Office (“VNIPO”) as it was considered descriptive to the designated goods. Disagreeing with the refusal, the client consulted D&N International and decided to file a response with the VNIPO […]

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The Korea Ginseng Corp.’s corporate identity symbols: Successful petition against the disclaimer of exclusive rights imposed by the VNIPO during the trademark registration process

The case in brief In July 2019, the Vietnam Intellectual Property Office (“VNIPO”) issued a notification informing that our client’s “” mark under a national application in classes 05, 29, 30, 32 was accepted for registration, but a number of elements incorporated in the mark are disclaimed. Disagreeing with the disclaimer of the three elements: […]

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GIGA SOUND: An unprecedented appeal against the VNIPO’s refusal of protection of the Madrid trademark application designating Vietnam.

In 2014, Samsung’s “GIGA SOUND” mark in class 09 under the International Registration (IR) no. 1143271 designating Vietnam was provisionally refused protection by the Vietnam Intellectual Property Office (“VNIPO”) as it was considered confusingly similar to the prior mark “GIGAMAX”. Advised and represented by D&N International, Samsung filed an appeal with the VNIPO. Under the […]

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Successful cancellation of trademark registrations for “KGC & device” and “CHEONG KWAN JANG & device”: CANCELLATION OF TRADEMARK REGISTRATIONS WHICH WERE FILED IN BAD FAITH

In 2017, after a “8-year fight”, D&N International successfully cancelled the validity of the three (3) trademark registrations for “KGC & device”, “CHEONG KWAN JANG & device” and “CHEON KWAN JANG in Chinese characters” in the name of Vietnam International Trade and Investment Corporation (“VIMATCORP”) for the reasons that the applications for registration of these […]

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Official notification on guidance of identifying the legal capacity of the signer on documents submitted to the Vietnam Intellectual Property Office (hereinafter referred to as “The Vietnam IPO”)

On 23 November 2020, the Vietnam IPO has issued the Notification No. 13822/TB-SHTT (referred to as “Notification No. 13822”) applying new regulations related to the person who can sign on documents submitted to the Vietnam IPO on behalf of the applicant. The main contents of the Notification focused on the new regulations applying to organizations, […]

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Trademark case “ENSHU”: Obtaining consent from the citied mark to overcome the NOIP’s refusal

Recently, D&N International, representing ENSHU Limited, Japan, has successfully overcome the NOIP’s refusal of registration of the trademark “” on the ground that it is confusingly similar to the trademark “ENSHU” (“The Cited Mark”), protected under the Registration No. 121449 in the name of ENSHU Vietnam Limited Company (“ENSHU Vietnam”). Facts ENSHU Limited, Japan (“ENSHU […]

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Response to the NOIP’s provisional refusal against the application for trademark “10-FLEX”: PROTECTION OF A TRADEMARK CREATED BY A SIMPLE NUMERAL AND A DESCRIPTIVE ELEMENT

Recently, D&N International has been successful in responding to the NOIP’s provisional refusal against the trademark “10-FLEX”. Significantly, in this case, the trademark is a simple combination of an indistinctive numeral and a descriptive element presented in a normal font which was considered lack of inherent distinctiveness. Facts TOZEN Corporation (a Japanese company) filed an […]

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The “AOP” collective mark case: THE MATTER OF REGISTRATION OF A COLLECTIVE MARK

Recently, D&N International, on behalf of Association suisse des AOP-IGP, Sweeden (“Applicant”) has successfully overcome the NOIP’s provisional refusal to register the  collective mark for goods in classes 29, 30, 31, 32 & 33  (“the Applied Mark”).   Facts:   The Applicant filed an international application for registration of the Applied Mark in Vietnam. However, […]

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The “Elégance” Trademark Case: The NOIP’s current trend of citing prior marks to refuse registration

Recently, D&N International, on behalf of Albion Co., Ltd., Japan, (“Applicant”) has successfully overcome the NOIP’s provisional refusal to register the  trademark for goods in classes 03 and 21 (“Applied Mark”) on the ground that it is similar to the same mark for goods in classes 9, 14, 16, 18, 24, 25, & 26 (“Cited […]

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