Vietnam: IP Vietnam deals with fourth wave of Covid-19, authorizes deadline extensions
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Vietnam Intellectual Property Office (IP Vietnam) has stopped receiving direct deposits at its headquarters in Hanoi since July 23, 2021. This adheres to recent government direction in response to the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam. IP Vietnam will remain closed to the public until further notice. During this period, deposits must be made by post or through IP Vietnam’s electronic filing portal. The date of receipt by IP Vietnam will be considered the date of deposit, which means that deposits must be sent at least one day before the deadlines.
In view of the postal delivery difficulties, IP Vietnam published a new notice 7581 / TB-SHTT on August 2, 2021 (Reviews 7581) granting time extensions for IP applicants. As a result, the deadlines for all proceedings between June 30, 2021 and August 31, 2021 will automatically be extended until September 30, 2021. The extension covers priority claims, document submissions, responses to opinions / decisions, annuity and renewal payments, filing of appeals and payment of taxes.
For other related proceedings which do not benefit from automatic extensions under Notice 7581, rights holders have the right to claim force majeure exceptions by demonstrating to IP Vietnam the obstacles resulting from late action.
Rouse continues to be able to perform all intellectual property procedures through the electronic filing system and by post.
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