Vietnamese enterprises will have 2 months to protest the trademark if they do not want ST24 and ST25 rice to lose this market or have to depend on T&L Global Foods Supply.

VnExpress Reportedly, the Australian Intellectual Property Office (IP Australia) said that a company in this country has applied for protection of the ST24 and ST25 rice trademarks.

That is T&L Global Foods Supply PTY LTD, address at 420 Victoria Rd Malaga, WA, 6090 Australia, filed on April 22.

According to data posted on the website of the Australian Intellectual Property Office, the trademark of enterprises belonging to the group “Rice; Best rice of the world” (rice; best rice in the world). IP Australia is in the process of checking and appraising business records.

Products - Vietnamese rice continues to be registered for trademark protection by Australian businesses

Application for protection of ST25 rice trademark of T&L Global Foods Supply in Australia.

Thus, there are currently 6 trademarks related to ST25 rice, of which 5 are in the US, filing for protection outside Vietnam.

Follow vanguard, Mr. Nguyen Quoc Toan, Director of the Department of Agricultural Product Processing and Market Development (MARD), said that he had grasped this information. However, after the US enterprise registered for trademark protection ST25, the ministries and branches had a meeting and established an interdisciplinary team to guide enterprises, in which the Department of Intellectual Property (Ministry of Science and Technology) was assigned to take the lead. , handle.

To be more specific, Mr. Nguyen Van Bay, Deputy Director of the Department of Intellectual Property (Ministry of Science and Technology), said that on May 1, this unit also received information about Australian businesses registering for insurance. for two rice brands ST24 and ST25.

Products - Vietnamese rice continues to be trademarked by Australian businesses (Figure 2).

Mr. Nguyen Van Bay, Deputy Director of the Department of Intellectual Property (Ministry of Science and Technology)

According to Mr. Bay, in the world, there are more than 200 different countries and territories, each with its own characteristics in terms of market and brand protection. Enterprises only need to protect their main and desired export markets.

“For ST24 and ST25 rice, the trademark protection here is understood when Vietnamese rice is exported to markets in the form of bags or packages of 2kg, 5kg, 10kg… bearing its own brand, different from exporting. rice export contract with the volume of tons.

With the Australian market, each year Vietnam exports about 4-5 million USD of rice and is also a very new market for Vietnamese rice. Therefore, with the registration of trademark protection, businesses can consider whether this is a market where they can sell rice bearing their brand or not. Because according to regulations, in case, an enterprise registers a trademark but does not transfer the product or does not use it, it will face the termination of its validity, which is no longer protected, “said Mr. Bay.

According to Mr. Bay, in international integration, trademark protection disputes will inevitably arise. The responsibility of the State will guide businesses to protect their brands in the markets they want. As for the implementation, enterprises need to actively register depending on the business and export situation.

According to Mr. Bay, currently, the trademark profile of T&L Global Foods Supply Company does not meet the high protection requirements, because ST25 is just the common name of the product. However, if they do not want the ST24 and ST25 rice trademarks to be registered by Australian businesses, Vietnamese enterprises will have 2 months to protest the trademarks by filing a notice of intention to object to the Australian IP office.

Follow VnExpress, Ms. Ngan Tran, Director of Maygust Trademark Attorneys (Australia), said that the time to check with trademark registration documents in this country is about 3-4 months. If the requirements are met, the intellectual property agency will issue a notice of acceptance of the mark and disclose information to the parties, if necessary, to object within 2 months from the date of publication. Otherwise, the trademark will be officially protected.

Like Mr. Bay, according to Ms. Ngan Tran, the situation that this trademark application meets the protection requirements is not high, because ST25 is just the common name of the product. However, businesses need to prepare for the worst case scenario, as IP Australia assesses that T&L Global Foods Supply’s application meets the requirements of protection under Australian trademark law.

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