Monday, February 19, 2018

Viet Nam, EC launch IP training centre in Ha Noi

IP News from KENFOXViet Nam and the European Commission (EC) have inaugurated a training centre in Ha Noi in the framework of their cooperation in protecting Intellectual Property rights (IPRs).

The inauguration, held on Feb. 27, was attended by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Duc Tien, Ambassador-Head of the EC delegation to Viet Nam Markus Cornaro and representatives of relevant Vietnamese agencies.

According to Deputy Minister Le Duc Tien, the EC-Viet Nam IPR cooperation project under the ECAP II has been implemented effectively since March 2005, practically contributing to the development of an IP management system in Viet Nam and helping enhance the ability of IP enforcement in the country.

The IP training centre is a joint effort between the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) and the EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property rights Cooperation Programme (ECAP II) in improving NOIP’s officials and other Vietnamese stakeholders’ knowledge of IP.

Besides the NOIP, other Vietnamese IP agencies, including the People’s Supreme Court, the Market Control Department, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Copyright Office of Viet Nam, the Economic Police and the Department of Science and Technology in Ho Chi Minh City, also received information technology equipment to facilitate IP administration in their offices.

With a comprehensive set of equipment worth 200,000 USD funded by the ECAP II, IP agencies will be able to organise in-door trainings, seminars and workshops for their officials. These materials will also ease the access to international IP databases, and will help officials from the NOIP and other IP agencies reduce the time for granting IP titles.

Vietnamese IP agencies will help domestic right holders better protect their IPRs in the country and abroad by using a regional database which will be launched in the coming days.

The funding of information technology equipment of the training centre is part of efforts by ECAP II in promoting IP in Viet Nam. With 1.5 million Euros in funding, Viet Nam represents the largest financial component launched in March 2005 of the ECAP II budget.

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