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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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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Questions on trademark opposition/cancellation in Laos

KENFOX: Yes, it is possible for a third party file an opposition in Laos. The New IP Law No. 38/NA of 2017 introduces an opposition procedure in Laos. Previously, when a trademark owner registered his/her trademark, there was no publication procedure available to inform and allow interested third parties to oppose to a pending trademark. The interested third party was only able to file a cancelation request with the Department of Intellectual Property of Laos (“DIP”), once the trademark certificate was issued and the trademark was registered with the DIP. Under the old IP Law of Laos, it was only...

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Vietnam adopts the Nice Classification 11th Edition

Announcement on Adopting the Vietnamese Version of the Nice Classification of Goods and Service 11-2018 from January 01, 2018. As of 01 January 2018, The Vietnamese version of the Nice Classification 11th Edition - version 2018 (NCL 11-2018), translated by the IP Office of Vietnam (“IP Vietnam”) from the English version published by WIPO, will be applied to the classification of goods and services for trademark registrations....

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Legal News in September 2018

1. Amendment of Decree 116: Automobiles are no longer inspected in batches On 26 September 2018, the Prime Minister issued Decision No.1254/QD-TTg, approving the Action Plan to promote the National one-stop shop mechanism, the ASEAN one-stop shop mechanism, and reform specialized inspections with respect to exported or imported goods. According to this Plan, the Prime Minister has assigned the Ministry of Transport to study and amend the process of imported automobile inspection towards examining only the representative car sample for each representative of all vehicles in one shipment, instead of each batch of imported vehicles as stipulated in Decree No. 116/2017/ND-CP. Regarding conditions...

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