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LA - Lao People's Democratic Republic
Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology (Lao People's Democratic Republic)

Useful information

The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (pct.guide@wipo.int).
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology (Lao People's Democratic Republic)
Countries and Offices information:
The list of acronyms used for Offices is no longer shown as it has been integrated in the mouseover functionality for each ST.3 code shown in this document.
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes. It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations and their Offices in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States formerly Annex A.
Office profile
For more technical information about the Office, refer to ePCT Office profile.
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
Article 64(5)
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Saturday and Sunday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Contracting State:
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Two-letter code:
LA
Lao People's Democratic Republic - Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology (Lao People's Democratic Republic)
Name of Office:
Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology (Lao People's Democratic Republic)
Location:
Nahaidyao Road
Chanthabouly District
P.O. Box 2279
Vientiane
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Mailing address:
Same as above
Telephone:
(856-21) 213 470 extension 154
E-mail:
dip.laopdr@gmail.com
kkeobounphanh@yahoo.co.uk
saybandith30@gmail.com
Facsimile:
(856-21) 213 472
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by facsimile or the like means (PCT Rule 92.4)?
No
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
Yes
provided that the delivery service is:
DHL
EMS
Federal Express
TNT
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
No
Competent receiving Office(s) for international applications filed by nationals or residents of this State:
Refer to corresponding Annex C
IB
International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - International Bureau of WIPO
Competent designated (or elected) Office(s) for this State:
Refer to corresponding National Phase.
LA
Lao People's Democratic Republic - Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology (Lao People's Democratic Republic)
Types of protection available via the PCT:
Patents
Utility models
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
None
Provisional protection after international publication:
None
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Time when the name and address of the inventor must be given:
May be in the request or may be furnished later. If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit of three months from the date of receipt of the invitation.
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?
No

Annex C - Receiving Office

The Office does not act as receiving Office
This Office has delegated its RO functions to RO/IB. Refer to Annex C(IB) for more information.

National Phase

Summary of requirements for entry into the national phase

Time limits applicable for entry into the national phase:
Under PCT Article 22(3): 31 months from the priority date
Under PCT Article 39(1)(b): 31 months from the priority date
Translation of international application required into (one of) the following language(s):
Must be furnished within 90 days after entry into the national phase
Lao
Required contents of the translation for entry into the national phase:
Must be furnished within 90 days after entry into the national phase
Under PCT Article 22: Description, claims (if amended, only as amended, together with any statement under PCT Article 19), any text matter of drawings, abstract
Under PCT Article 39(1): Description, claims, any text matter of drawings, abstract (if any of those parts has been amended, only as amended by the annexes to the international preliminary examination report)
Is a copy of the international application required in particular circumstances?
The applicant should only send a copy of the international application if he/she has not received Form PCT/IB/308 and the Office has not received a copy of the international application from the International Bureau under PCT Article 20. This may be the case where the applicant expressly requests an earlier start of the national phase under PCT Article 23(2)
National fees:
Must be paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1)
Filing fee
200,000 KIP
Formality examination fee
100,000 KIP
Consultation fee
100,000 KIP
Publication fee
400,000 KIP
Service fee
300,000 KIP
Exemptions, reductions or refunds of fees:
None
Special requirements of the Office (PCT Rule 51bis):
Appointment of an agent if the applicant is not resident in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Name of the inventor if it has not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application 1 2
Evidence of entitlement to file 1 2
Evidence of entitlement to claim priority 1 2
Document evidencing a change of name of the applicant if the change occurred after the international filing date and has not been reflected in a notification from the International Bureau (Form PCT/IB/306) 2
Furnishing, where applicable, of a nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence listing and table related thereto in electronic form
Who can act as agent?
Any attorney or lawyer registered in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Does the Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 49ter.2)?
Yes, please refer to the Office for the applicable criteria and/or any fee payable for such requests

The procedure in the national Phase

Information not yet available

Annexes

Annex LA.I - Fees
Patents
Filing fee
200,000 KIP
Formality examination fee
100,000 KIP
Consultation fee
100,000 KIP
Publication fee
400,000 KIP
Service fee
300,000 KIP
How can payment of fees be effected?
The payment of fees must be effected in Lao Kip. All payments must indicate the application number (national, if already known; international, if the national application number is not yet known), the name of the applicant and the category of fee being paid
Payment may be effected by cash or bank transfer to:
the “Banque pour le commerce extérieur Lao”
N. 1 Pangkham Street
P.O. Box 2925
Vientiane
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
telephone
(856-21) 213 200-01
facsimile
(856-21) 213 202
(856-21) 214 944
télex:
4301, 4309, 4315 BCE VTE LS
cable:
LAO COM BANK
name of account
Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)
account No.
010.01.452100100067.6
Forms
Please refer to the Office.
Notes:
1 a b c This requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17
2 a b c d If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit of three months from the date of receipt of the invitation
Special edition as of 31 October 2023, prepared for EQE candidates printed on 29 May 2024