Latest Developments in Vietnam IP Law

The Vietnamese government has actively taken measures to ensure that the country’s IP laws are effective. They have recognized the relationship between economic development and IP protection. In fact the economic development in Vietnam is one of the most progressive one in Southeast Asia in terms of percentage growth of the GDP. So these IP […]

ASEAN Launches Patent Cooperation Programme

Countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have embarked on their first regional cooperation in Intellectual property, specifically in patents, by introducing ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC). There are eight participating IP offices from: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Once a search and examination report is issued by any […]

Appeal Procedures in Vietnam for Industrial Design Rights In Place

On 19-20 December 2007, the National Intellectual Property Office (NOIP) of Vietnam in co-operation with the EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Co-operation Programme, ECAP II organised a two-day seminar in Hanoi. This comprehensive training with highlights on Opposition and Appeal Procedures on Trade Marks and Industrial Designs managed to gather about 100 participants of the Inspectorate […]

The on going battle against counterfeit anti-malaria drugs in South East Asia

In February this year, it was revealed that the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) with the help of scientists and health workers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Wellcome-Trust University of Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Programme, and the co-operation of Chinese authorities have uncovered a massive counterfeit anti- malaria drug syndicate, based in southern […]

Vietnam: The benefits of three-dimensional Marks

November 2005 was a significant time in Vietnam as this marked the significant step towards bringing Vietnam’s IP system in line with the WTO regulations, since this was the issuance year of Vietnam’s IP Law. This also meant that for the first time, the protection of three-dimensional trademarks was officially stipulated. 3D marks are considered […]

At a Glance – Trademark Practices in Vietnam: Your 2007 Update

On February 14, 2007 the Vietnam National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) announced changes relating to trademark practices. We bring you an easy reference update. Descriptive Section: The type of mark must be described as: ordinary mark, collective mark, certification; or associated mark Associated Marks/Goods and Services If previous applications have been lodged, details of […]