Trademark application Laos

Trademark registration Laos

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What are the costs of a trademark registration in Laos?

The costs of trademark registration in Lao People’s Democratic Republic depend on the number of Nice classes that are relevant to the trademark. Most marks need 1 to 3 classes, but it is possible to get  protection in all of classes 1 through 45 of the Nice classification.


How do you get a trademark registration in Laos?

You can register your trade-mark in Laos without trading, and you can also trade without registering your brand name. But you are taking unnecessary risks by not registering your trademark. You apply for registration of your trademark in Laos at the Intellectual Property Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

First of all, you have to hand over certain documents. You must demonstrate the legitimacy of your company, for example with an extract from the Trade Register or a deed of incorporation. In addition, you file a copy of your brand name. Make sure it’s an exact copy, taking into account eye-catching shapes, effects, colors, and so on. In the application you also explain which goods and services you trade under the brand name.


What is the first-to-file principle?

Without trademark registration you are at risk that other parties abuse your success. The rules when applying for a registration in Laos are very simple. The first person to register a brand name has the exclusive rights to use that brand. But there are some things to keep in mind to make a correct application.

For example, it is important that you can show the outside world that you are the legal owner of the goods or services that you offer. If you don’t do this, there is a possibility that companies or individuals will do this and you will be in violation if you continue to use that brand name. So you protect your good name by registering your trademark in Laos.

You do not want legal issues about ownership, especially not in a country where you may still be fairly unknown and the legal process is therefore more difficult to follow. Without registering your brand name, you also run the risk that someone else will supply the same type of goods or services and exploit your business model under a comparable brand name. You avoid the risk of missing out on profit by registering your brand.


Why you should always perform a trademark search first

You don’t want problems to arise during the registration process, or even for a long time afterwards, because you have not made proper preparations. By doing a trademark search before registering your trademark, you can see what options you have for trading under your brand name. The purpose of a trademark search is to find out which other brands exist in Laos that resemble your specific brand name. This allows you to determine whether it is even possible to protect your brand name in Laos.


What are your options for applying for different types of trademarks?

Your brand doesn’t just have to consist of a word or an image. But if you have a combination of appearance factors in your brand name, it would be a good idea to have them recorded separately. In Laos, only the combination you supply is protected after registration. This means that other parties can use parts of your brand name without any problems if you do not have them registered.

Fortunately, if someone abuses your brand name, in some cases you can do something about it. If a third party also offers comparable goods or services, you can object to this. We then speak of a confusing resemblance. However, the success of your objection is always uncertain because every situation is different and has different conditions. So make sure to register your full brand name, as well as the individual parts.


Validity period and renewal of trade marks in Laos

Once you have applied, your trademark registration is valid for 10 years. You can request an extension from 12 months before the expiry of this period. This is also possible up to 6 months after the expiry date, but then you will pay an additional fee. You can renew your trademark registration for 10 years each time.

Pay extra attention if you are going to register a trademark in Laos while you do not intend to actively use that trademark. If your trademark has been inactive for more than 5 years, its validity may expire. You can prevent this by simply showing activity every now and then.


Where do you register your trademark?

If you are going to expand your sales market, you need to know where to register your brand name. There are all kinds of factors that you have to take into account if you want to be sure that your trade is secured. For example, do not only register your trademark in the country where you trade, but also in the countries where you may be producing.

Also look at the existing market in other countries and ask yourself where possible risks lie for your trademark. For example, where is the chance that copying behavior will be exhibited? It is also best to secure locations where leading competitors operate.

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