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Trademark

Summary Application Procedure Filing Requirements Charges Documents Required

1. Legislations:
Prime Minister’s Decree on Trademarks No 06/PM (1995)

2. Definition:
A trademark is a sign used for the purpose of indicating a connection between a person having the right to use the sign and his goods or services. A sign includes words, logos, labels, names, letters, numbers or a combination of the above.

3. Criteria:
A trade mark has to fulfil the following conditions in order to claim protection.

  • it must be distinctive
  • it cannot be generic
  • it cannot be deceptively similar to a previous or existing trademark.
  • it cannot be a geographical name or surname
  • it cannot be deceptive or confusing
  • it cannot be scandalous or offensive
  • it cannot have direct reference to the character or nature of the goods/services


4. Membership:
√ – Paris Convention
X – Madrid Protocol

Laos is a member of the Paris Convention from 1998, whereby applications from convention countries will be subject to the same priority date in Laos. The application for priority has to be made within six months of the first application in a convention country.

5. Rule of Priority:
“First to File” is the rule followed by Laos in determining priority of trademarks.

6. Duration and Renewal:
A trade mark once registered is valid for a term of 10 years and can be renewed every 10 years.

1. Application
Every applicant is required to an application to the registrar of patents within 12 months of priority date

2. Substantive Examination
A substantive examination takes place 6 months from the date of publication.

5. Registration
The duration of registration takes a minimum period of 2 months. The registration is effective from date of application.

The following information and/or documents are required to file an application for a trademark application in Laos:-

1. Application form.

2. Power of Attorney.

3. Twenty (20) clear copy of the mark.

4. A list of goods or services ( which closely follow the Nice International Classification).

5. The full name, nationality and registered address of the applicant.

6. For marks that contain non-English words, a certified transliteration and translation.

Items Official Fees (USD) Professional Fees (USD)
Search per mark per class - 150
Filing application for one class upon registration 152 324
Recordal of change of name, address, applicant, etc. 40 250
Recordal of Assignment, per mark 40 300

Basic Requirements

Documents Remarks Time of Filing
Power of Attorney signed and notarized A copy on filing date with the original to be submitted within one month
Mark not larger than 8x8cm On filing date


(if applicable) Additional Documents for Claiming Convention Priority
Documents Remarks Time of Filing
Priority documents notarized A copy on filing date with the original to be submitted within one month


(if applicable) Documents for Filing a Request of Recordals of Assignments
Documents Remarks Time of Filing
A Power of Attorney (POA) notarized On filing date
Photocopy of Certificate of Trademark registration On filing date
Original notarized/certified copy of the Trademark Assignment Agreement notarized On filing date


(if applicable) Documents for Filing a Request of Recordals of Changes
Documents Remarks Time of Filing
A Power of Attorney (POA) notarized On filing date
Photocopy of Certificate of Trademark registration On filing date
Original Declaration of Change of Name/Address of legal document showing the change of name/address notarized On filing date


(if applicable) Documents for Filing an Opposition or Counter-Opposition

(Deadline for Applying is during 3 Months Publication Period of the Trade Mark Application to be Opposed)

Documents Remarks Time of Filing
A Power of Attorney notarized On filing date
Affidavit of use notarized / or certified On filing date
Evidence of use of the mark in Laos (such as bill of lading, packages, advertising and/or promoting materials, brochures, photographs, etc.) On filing date

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