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ASEAN: Recent changes to the patent procedures in Vietnam

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In January 2018, an amendment of the implementing regulations of the Law on Intellectual Property entered into force. Some of the most notable new features include the following:

  • Removal of the 6 months grace period for late PCT national phase entries: national phase entries after the 31-month-deadline not permitted any more
  • Extension of time limits to respond to office actions, e.g. from 2 to 3 months for responses to a preliminary rejection and from 1 to 3 months for the fee payment after the grant decision
  • Extension of time limits in case of "force majeure", e.g. additional 6 months for filing the examination request after expiry of the original 42-month-deadline

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