Recently I blogged that Samoa joined the Hague Agreement on October 2, 2019 and that Israel joined the Hague Agreement on October 3, 2019. Somehow I overlooked that just a few days earlier, on September 30, 2019, Viet Nam joined the Hague Agreement.
The Hague system will enter into force for Viet Nam on December 30, 2019.
As of December 30, 2019, companies and designers from Viet Nam can begin using the Hague System to protect their industrial designs. The applicant can pursue protection in many countries through a single international application and a single set of fees.
Likewise from December 30, 2019, those located outside of Viet Nam will be able to seek design protection in Viet Nam through the Hague System.
I had blogged on October 21, 2017 that Viet Nam was getting ready to join the Hague Agreement and indeed now it has happened.
Viet Nam joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty on March 10, 1993 and joined the Madrid Protocol on July 11, 2006. Viet Nam thus completes the trifecta of membership in all three international intellectual property filing platforms.
The two-letter code for Viet Nam is “VN”.