The International Trademark No. 777272 NRI in Class 09 & 42 designating Vietnam in the name of the University of Greenwich has been notified of temporary refusal of protection by Decision No. 2013/10 HBN28 dated 11 March 2014 of the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) on the ground that the mark is considered to be confusingly similar to the cited International Trademark Registration No. 981249 "NRI Intercom" of Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
Representing the University of Greenwich Pham and Associates Law Office has appealed and asked the NOIP to protect the mark because the applicant has acquired Letter of Consent from Nomura Research Institute, Ltd declaring that they consent to the registration and use inVietnam of the mark NRI, I.R no. 777272. Based on that, the NOIP decided to withdraw the said decision and to grant protection to the NRI trademark.