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Differentiating “assignment” and “licensing”of industrial property rights in Vietnam

Transfer of industrial property rights in Vietnam comprises 02 forms: (1) Assignment of industrial property rights and; (2) Licensing of industrial property rights. How to differentiate the assignment and licensing of industrial property rights as statutorily provided in Vietnam? You may find the key differences between these two types of transfer of industrial property rights in the below table....

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Withdrawing an already claimed invalidation action in Vietnam

Withdrawing an invalidation request which has been filed with the Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam (“IP Vietnam”) is not expressly provided for in the Law on Intellectual Property of Vietnam 2005, revised in 2009 and 2019 (“Vietnam IP Law”) and its by-laws. As a matter of practice, the IP Vietnam has accepted withdrawal of invalidation requests, provided that (i) the withdrawal authority is explicitly formed in the Power of Attorney and (ii) the requester of invalidation action has rendered reasons for such withdrawal. Therefore, a request for invalidation action already filed with the IP Vietnam can be withdrawn. The Vietnam IP...

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What Should Be Aware About The Liabilities of Internet Service Providers To Deal With IP Infringement in Vietnam?

The specific rules of the internet stipulate that if the IP-protected material is uploaded without the consent of the right holder, the ISP can request, in writing, the removal of the infringing work from the ISP or removal from the network and disableness of access to the copyrighted material from the respective website. This form of written alert is called a "take-down notice". The general rule is that if the ISP removes the infringing content following a “take-down notice”, it will not be held liable for any further compensation. For a successful take down action, you will need to provide...

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Trademark basics in Vietnam, what should you know?

1. We have registered our trademark in some ASEAN countries, is it valid in Vietnam? Do we need to register our trademark in Vietnam? Your trademark registration in some ASEAN countries does not provide protection in Vietnam. Generally, trademarks are territorial in nature, which means that a trademark registration in one or several countries are not automatically protected and enforceable in another, and therefore registrations in multiple countries may be necessary....

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What Should Be Included In A Contract To Protect IP Rights in Vietnam?

The competitive advantage of an entity partially depends on its ability to protect its valuable proprietary information. You may have patentable designs, inventions or trade secrets giving your business a competitive advantage. In cases where you need to employ a freelancer, you may wonder how you can protect IPR from content generated by their work for you, and how you can protect/secure access to your company's patents, patents, and other proprietary information. Generally, when working with employees or a potential business partner, two following important points should be brought into consideration: (i) always use written contracts whenever possible and ensure...

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Expertise opinions/IP assessment in IPR enforcement proceedings in Vietnam and several notable obstacles

Expertise opinions/IP assessment in IPR enforcement proceedings in Vietnam and several notable obstacles 1. Expertise opinions/IP assessment in IPR enforcement in Vietnam In recent years, despite improvements in IPR enforcement with joint efforts made by multiple Vietnamese government authorities, generally, the IPR infringement has still been omimous and prevalentl in various areas of Vietnam, with an increase in the number of infringement products and a high level of seriousness. The most common modes of IPR infringement, in trademark rights for instance, include: ...

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Dealing with substantive trademark Office Action based on absolute grounds in Vietnam

A substantive trademark Office Action is issued by the Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam (“IP Vietnam”) to indicate an issue with an applied-for trademark. While a substantive trademark Office Action shows that an applied-for trademark has been rejected, it is usually possible to file a response thereto that either corrects a defect identified by the IP Vietnam or that explains to the IP Vietnam why the applied-for trademark should be allowed. ...

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