What To Do if Your Trademark has been Stolen in Vietnam?

The “first to file” principle has been abused by bad faith trademark applicants as a sophisticated tool for “trademark squatting” and “misappropriation of trademark rights” from legitimate owners in Vietnam. Trademark squatting or intellectual property (IP) theft from foreign businesses has become a troubling and dangerous trend in Vietnam. Increasingly, trademark owners are expressing frustration upon discovering that their trademark has been filed or even successfully registered by others in Vietnam. In many cases, after successfully registering a competitor’s trademark, the trademark speculator has used that same trademark as a “weapon” to initiate legal actions and request Vietnamese enforcement authorities...

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Handling intellectual property rights infringement in Vietnam: Which measures are effective?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Download Protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) involves the use of legal measures by state agencies and IPR holders to protect the ownership of their IP objects, prevent any infringement to ensure the integrity of these assets. Protecting IPRs entails not only preventing actual acts of infringement but also addressing and resolving infringements in order to cease the infringement and seek compensation for damages incurred. What legal measures can be applied to address IP infringement? In which cases must "criminal" measures be applied rather than "administrative" ones? Can both measures be simultaneously applied to handle an IP infringement? KENFOX IP & Law...

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Stream-Ripping: Vietnam and the Battle Against Online Content Piracy

Did you know that every time you download music or videos from YouTube using unofficial tools, you are participating in potential copyright infringement? This behavior, which extends from music to videos to TV shows downloaded without the copyright owner’s permission, not only violates the law but also seriously affects the revenue and creativity of artists. Known as “Stream ripping”, this practice of copying online content is not only popular in Vietnam but is also considered one of the biggest challenges facing the global entertainment industry. The negative impacts of online content piracy on artists and content creators can be severe...

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PaaS: Piracy as a Service

"PaaS" stands for "Piracy as a Service." This is a play on the more common term "Platform as a Service" in the technology industry, which refers to providing a platform allowing customers to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app. "Piracy as a Service" refers to services or platforms that facilitate or enable piracy by providing the necessary infrastructure, technology, and often a vast library of unauthorized digital content like movies, TV shows, or software. These platforms make it easy for other websites or end users...

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Safe habors

In the context of copyright law, "safe harbors" refer to legal provisions that provide immunity or protection to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and other online intermediaries from liability for the copyright infringement activities of their users, as long as the intermediaries meet certain specified conditions. These provisions are designed to balance the rights of copyright holders with the practicalities of online service operation, enabling the digital economy to flourish while also protecting intellectual property rights. To qualify for safe harbor protection, ISPs and other intermediaries generally must: [1] Not have actual knowledge of the infringing activity or, in cases where they do...

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Geoblocking – What It Is and Why it Matters

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Geoblocking is the practice of restricting access to internet content based on a user's geographical location. This is typically achieved by using technology to determine the user's IP address, which identifies the country or region from which they are accessing the internet. With this information, content providers can then either allow or deny access to specific content. 1. Geoblocking: What Is It Used For?[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][vc_column_text] Legal compliance: Some content may be restricted in specific regions due to copyright laws or local regulations. For example, a movie might be copyrighted and only permitted for viewing in certain countries. Business Strategy: Companies...

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Exploring Pre-Release Leaks: What They Are and Why They Matter

The term "pre-release leaks" refers to unauthorized releases of music or other media before the official release date set by the publisher or artist. These leaks can occur through various channels and often involve digital files being made available online without permission. This allows consumers to access and distribute new music before it is officially released, often harming sales and disrupting marketing plans. Pre-release leaks are considered a serious issue within the music and entertainment industries, as they undermine the controlled release strategies meant to maximize media exposure and revenue....

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Evergreening Strategy: Extending Patent Protection, Innovation or Obstruction?

“Evergreening” in the context of intellectual property (IP), especially in the field of patents, refers to a strategy that companies often use to prolong their commercial exclusivity. This strategy is particularly common in the pharmaceutical industry, where companies secure patents for minor modifications, improvements, or new applications of existing products. Often, these patents are based not on entirely new technical solutions but rather on minor changes to previously protected products or processes. The purpose of these modifications is to extend patent exclusivity without the necessity to create a completely new product....

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5 Legal Secrets to Effectively Protect Utility Solutions That You Need to Know

Download Do you have a breakthrough idea or new technical solution in Vietnam and want to protect it without being encumbered by the strict requirements of conventional patent protection? Consider registering for protection in the form of “Utility Solutions”, which may be the ideal solution to protect your intellectual property (IP) rights. Registering technical innovations and improvements (solutions) for protection in the form of utility solutions offers a simple and quick method to safeguard intellectual property rights, without necessitating "inventiveness" - a prerequisite for patent protection. This distinction renders utility solutions an appealing option, particularly suitable for technical solutions that may not...

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Registering a Trademark in Bad Faith in Vietnam: How to Prove the Applicant’s Intentions and Motives

To prove that a trademark application was filed in “bad faith”, it must be shown not only that the applicant “knew” or “had a basis to know” about the mark of the legitimate trademark owner but also that the applicant had a specific intention or motive behind the registration. As per Article 34.2(b) of Circular 23/2023/TT-BKHCN, this second condition focuses on the motives and intentions of the applicant. What actions do these intentions and motives include? Is it easy to prove?...

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