INSIGHTS: Vietnam’s Patent Handling Landscape

By: Elite Law Firm

What recent policies has the IP Viet Nam implemented to strengthen the examination of patent applications?

The IP Viet Nam (VNIPO) has been actively strengthening the examination of patent applications, which is a key task for them. This is based on closely monitoring the actual situation and responding to the growing demands of society.

How has the number of patent applications filed in Vietnam changed in 2022 compared to 2021?

In 2022, the number of patent applications filed to the IP Viet Nam increased by 1.9% compared to 2021. There were a total of 9,308 patent applications filed with the IP Viet Nam in 2022.

What challenges has the increasing technological complexity of patent applications posed for the IP Viet Nam?

The rising complexity of patent applications, coupled with the need for shorter examination times to meet integration and development demands, has posed significant challenges for the IP Viet Nam. They need to enhance their human resources, adjust work processes, and management methods to improve efficiency.

How has the IP Viet Nam addressed the challenges related to capacity and quality improvement?

The IP Viet Nam has introduced several solutions to enhance the capacity and responsibility of their employees in the examination workflow. These solutions include innovating task assignments, standardizing stages, and optimizing the entire process for better efficiency.

What specific solutions have been implemented to improve efficiency in patent application examination?

The following solutions have been put into practice by the IP Viet Nam:

  • Developing an application processing plan and applications completion targets for each department and examiner at the beginning of each year. They have also introduced a management software to monitor examiner plan implementations.
  • Rearranging the patent application examination process to focus on content determination and sharing appraisal experiences among examiners in specific fields.
  • Creating examiner groups to handle complex applications in various technical areas and promote professional exchanges between experienced examiners and other experts.

What achievements did the IP Viet Nam make in terms of patent application examinations in 2022?

In 2022, the IP Viet Nam completed formality examinations for 9,620 patent applications, marking a 6.8% increase from 2021. Additionally, they conducted substantive examinations for 7,698 applications. Among these, 5,758 applications received a notice of expected granting of a degree, while 1,940 applications received a notice of refusal to grant a degree. This demonstrated a 6.6% increase compared to 2021.

 

Source: IPVietnam

Tags: Patent

 

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