Publications

Updates to Vietnam Patent Regime

New regulations with regard to patent applications in Vietnam came into force on 15th January 2018.  These amended regulations aim to bring the Vietnamese intellectual property system in line with recent developments. Below are three of the main changes based on guidelines laid out in Circular No. 16/2016/TT-BKHCN from the Ministry of Science and Technology, […]

Vietnam – Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program Commences in April 2016 for Japanese Patent Applications

Japan and Vietnam implemented a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program that took effect on 01 April 2016. In 2014, approximately 50% of the total filed applications at the NOIP remained pending and unexamined. To facilitate the reduction of backlog at NOIP and expedite the patent examination process, NOIP signed its first Patent Prosecution Highway […]

ASEAN – Comparison of Design Practices

Design laws vary by country. Some countries classify designs as patents and some have separate “registered design” or “industrial design” systems. In some countries, designs of products must be whole products in order to be registrable and not parts of products. Some countries allow protection of only part or parts of the product but the […]

Vietnam – Fungicide Infringers Extinguished

In general, administrative actions in Vietnam are initiated by filing a complaint with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Inspectorate, Market Control Office (MCO), Department of Customs (DC) or Economic Police (EP). The complaining party will submit the following: (i) documentary evidence of ownership of the infringed mark; and, (ii) proof of infringement, including […]

Vietnam Government Tightens Domain Name Protection

The Vietnamese Government, through the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has issued a Circular (No: 37/2011/TT-BKHCN) which provides detailed guidance for the implementation of Decree No 97/2010/ND-CP on sanctions for administrative violations of industrial property rights. The Circular came in to effect on 11 February 2012. Among other significant changes, the Circular introduces a […]

Vietnam Government Tightens Enforcement through September 2010 Decree

In September 2010, the Vietnamese Government issued a Decree (No: 97/2010/ND-CP) to cut down on red tape and make it easier to initiate action against infringements. The Decree specifies acts of administrative violation, sanctioning forms and levels, remedies, complaint procedures, mechanism for handling complaints, competence of authorized personnel and guidelines for enforcement of procedures. The […]

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 […]