Prevention of label tampering proving complex for customs

The loose rules on exports and imports as well as the easy-going penalties for violations make for a hotbed for blatant origin fraud, with fake household electronics labelled Toshiba, Goldsun, and Sunhouse flooding the market. Kim Hara reports. With the Lunar New Year coming, goods are being imported to Vietnam in increasing volumes – and while original goods are also seeing a spike, the market is growing chock-full of fake versions of larger brands like Toshiba, Sunhouse, Goldsun, and others. Most recently, Binh Duong Customs seized a batch of 3,472 Toshiba-branded electric rice cookers at a total value of VND2.1 billion ($91,000)...

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IP UPDATE – Vietnam revises its IP Law in 2019

In the year 2018-2019, Vietnam entered two international important trade deals, which require, inter alia, higher standard for IP protection in Vietnam. The first one is the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”), which was signed in March 2018, and then approved by the National Assembly of Vietnam in November 2018. The CPTPP officially came into force as from 14 January 2019. The second one is the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (“EVFTA”), which was signed in June 2019. ...

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Technology Transfer in Close-up

The Civil Code 2015, Law on Science and Technology 2013, Decree 08/2014/ND-CP dated 27 January 2014 detailing and guiding the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Science and Technology, Law on Technology Transfer 2017, Decree 76/2018/ND-CP dated 15 May 2018 providing guidelines for certain articles of the Law on technology transfer, the Law on Intellectual Property, etc. form a relatively complete legal framework and are expected to contribute to strongly promote technology transfer activities in Vietnam....

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How can we file applications abroad?

For owners of industrial property objects, filing their applications for registration of such objects abroad is not less important than filing in Vietnam. If one obtains industrial property rights in Vietnam, the right does not extend to foreign countries. You need to file applications in each and every country in which you desire to hold the industrial property right. Moreover...

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