Registering a trademark in Laos is a process that involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by the DIP, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will give you exclusive rights to use it in Laos for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Laos. Make sure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary
Search The first step in the process is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark is not similar or identical to an existing one. The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) under the Ministry of Science and Technology of Laos provides a database that you can use for this search. As of the time of this writing, the DIP does not have an online database for this search; therefore, you may need to contact the DIP directly for this service.
Step 2: Application
If the search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the DIP. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
Step 3: Examination by DIP
After receiving the application, the DIP will examine it to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Intellectual Property Law. The DIP will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once the application passes the examination, the DIP will publish the application in the Official Gazette. This is to give third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for 60 days from the date of publication.
Step 5: Registration
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, the DIP will proceed with the registration of the trademark. The applicant will then receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application is approximately LAK 400,000 (as of 2023). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change and it's recommended to check the latest fees on the DIP website or by contacting the department directly.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 6 to 9 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Department of Intellectual Property (DIP): Unfortunately, as of 2023, the DIP does not have a functioning website. However, you can contact them directly for further information.