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Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature

 

  • Law No. 36/2009/QH12 of June 19, 2009, amending and supplementing a Number of Articles of the Law on Intellectual Property (2010) (EN | VI)
  • Law No. 50/2005/QH11 of November 29, 2005, on Intellectual Property (2006) ( EN-VN | EN)

 

Implementing rules/regulations in the Intellectual Property

 

  • Decree No. 22/2018/ND-CP of February 23, 2013, on Guidelines for Certain Number of Articles of the Intellectual Property Law and Law on Amendments to the Intellectual Property Law 2009 in Terms of Copyright and Related Rights (2018) (EN | VI)
  • Circular No. 16/2016/TT-BKHCN of June 30, 2016, amending and supplementing a number of Articles of Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN of February 14, 2007 (2018) (EN-VN  | EN)
  • Decree No. 28/2017/ND-CP of March 20, 2017, on Amendments to the Government’s Decree No. 131/2013/ND-CP of October 16, 2013, on Penalties for Administrative Violations against Copyrights and Related Rights and the Government’s Decree No. 158/2013/ND-CP of November 12, 2013, on Penalties for Administrative Violations against Regulations on Culture, Sports, Tourism, and Advertising (2017) (EN | VI)
  • Circular No. 263/2016/TT-BTC of November 14, 2016, on the Fees and Charges for Industrial Property and the Collection, Transfer, Management and Use Thereof (2017) (EN | VI)
  • Circular No. 211/2016/TT-BTC of November 10, 2016, providing for the Fees for Processing Applications for Registration of Copyright and Related Rights, the Collection, Transfer and Management Thereof (2017) (EN | VI)
  • Circular No. 18/2016/TT-BCT of August 31, 2016, on the Regulation of Cards of Market Surveillance Agency and the Amendments to the Content of Inspection Reports, and the Decision for the Use thereof in the Activities of Inspection and Administrative Violation Sanction of Market Surveillance Agency (2016) (VI)
  • Decree No. 68/2016/ND-CP of July 01, 2016, on the Regulations regarding Conditions for Duty-Free Business, Warehouses, Sites for Customs Clearance, Customs Inspection and Supervision (2016) (EN)
  • Circular No. 19/2016/TT-BTTTT of June 30, 2016, on Registration and Application Forms for Licenses, Certificates, Professional Permits and Reports as defined in Decree No. 06/2016/ND-CP of January 18, 2016, on Management, Supply and Use of Broadcasting and Television Services (2016) (VI)
  • Decree No. 35/2016/ND-CP of May 15, 2016, on Guidelines for the Law of Veterinary Medicine (2016) (EN | VI)
  • Decree No. 31/216/ND-CP of May 6, 2016, on Penalties for Administrative Violations in the field of Plant Varieties, Plant Protection and Quarantine (2016) (EN | VI)
  • Decree No. 15/2016/ND-CP of March 15, 2016, amending and supplementing a Number of Articles of Decision No. 79/2012/ND-CP on Art Performances, Fashion Shows, Models and Beauty Contests, and Diffusion and Trade of Audio and Video Recordings of Theatrical Performances (2016) (EN | VI)
  • Circular No. 12/2015/TT-BVHTTDL of December 11, 2015, on Amendments to a Number of Articles of the Statutes on Appraisal and Issuance of Film Exhibition License in accordance with Decision No. 49/2008/QD-BVHTTDL of July 9, 2008 (2016) (EN)
  • Decree No. 78/2015/ND-CP of September 14, 2015, on Enterprise Registration (2015) ( EN-VN |  EN )
  • Circular No. 11/2015/TT-BKHCN of June 26, 2015, detailing and guiding the Implementation of a Number of Articles of Decree No. 99/2013/ND-CP of August 29, 2013, on Sanctioning of Administrative Violations in the field of Industrial Property (2015) (EN-VN | EN )
  • Decree No. 21/2015/ND-CP of February 14, 2015, providing Regulations on Royalties and Rewards for Cinematographic, Art, Theatrical Works and Other Forms of Art Performance (2015) (EN)
  • Circular No. 13/2015/TT-BTC of January 30, 2015, of the Ministry of Finance, defining Inspection, Supervision, Temporary Suspension of Customs Procedures for Exported and Imported Goods that are Subjects of Intellectual Property Rights; Control of Counterfeit Goods and Goods Infringing Intellectual Property Rights (2015) (EN)
  • Decree No. 08/2015/ND-CP of January 21, 2015, providing Specific Provisions and Guidance on Enforcement of the Customs Law regarding the Customs’ Procedures, Inspection, Supervision and Control (2015) (EN)
  • Decree No. 18/2014/ND-CP of March 14, 2014, prescribing the Regime of Royalties in the field of Press and Publication (2014) (EN)
  • Circular No. 07/2014/TT-BCT of February 14, 2014, on Management and Use of Uniforms, Badges, Flags, Rank Badges, Banners and Cards of Market Surveillance Agency (2014) (VI)
  • Decree No. 158/2013/ND-CP of November 12, 2013, on Penalties for Administrative Violations Pertaining to Culture, Sports, Tourism and Advertising (2014) (EN-VN | EN)
  • Decree No. 159/2013/ND-CP of November 12, 2013, providing for Administrative Penalties for Violations Arising in the Realm of Journalism and Publishing (2014) (EN)
  • Decree No. 131/2013/ND-CP of October 16, 2013, on Sanctioning Administrative Violations of Copyright and Related Rights (2013) (EN)
  • Decree No. 99/2013/ND-CP of August 29, 2013, on Sanctioning of Administrative Violations in Industrial Property (2013) (EN-VN | EN)
  • Circular No. 09/2013/TT-BCT of May 2, 2013, providing for Inspection and Administrative Violation Sanction Activities of Market Management Offices (2013) (EN)
  • Decree No. 20/2013/ND-CP of February 26, 2013, defining the Functions, Tasks, Powers and Organizational Structure of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2013) (EN)
  • Circular No. 05/2013/TT-BKHCN of February 20, 2013, amending the Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN of February 14, 2007, guiding the Implementation of the Government’s Decree No. 103/2006/ND-CP, elaborating a Number of Articles of the Law on Intellectual Property applicable to Industrial Property, amended in the Circular No. 13/2010/TT-BKHCN of July 30, 2010, and the Circular No. 18/2011/TT-BKHCN of July 22, 2011 (2013) (EN)
  • Decision No. 79/2012/ND-CP of October 05, 2012, on Art Performances, Fashion Shows, Models and Beauty Contests, and Diffusion and Trade of Audio and Video Recordings of Art Performances (2013) (EN)
  • Circular No. 04/2012/TT-BKHCN February 13, 2012, amending and supplementing a Number of Provisions of Circular No. 01/2008/TT-BKHCN of February 25, 2008, on the Withdrawal of Industrial Property Assessor Cards and Certificates for Industrial Property Assessment Organizations as amended and supplemented by Circular No. 04/2009/TT-BKHCN of March 27, 2009, and Circular No. 18/2011/TT-BKHCN of July 22, 2011 (2012) (EN)
  • Decree No. 122/2010/ND-CP of December 31, 2010, amending and supplementing a Number of Articles of the Decree No. 103/2006/ND-CP of September 22, 2006, detailing and guiding a Number of Articles of the Law on Intellectual Property regarding Industrial Property (2011) (EN)
  • Decree No. 119/2010/ND-CP of December 30, 2010, amending and supplementing a Number of Articles of the Decree No. 105/2006/ND-CP of September 22, 2006, detailing and guiding a Number of Articles of the Law on Intellectual Property regarding Protection of Intellectual Property Rights and State Management of Intellectual Property (2011) (EN-VN | EN)
  • Decree No. 88/2010/ND-CP of August 16, 2010, detailing and guiding a Number of Articles of the Law on Intellectual Property and the Law amending and supplementing a Number of Articles of the Law on Intellectual Property regarding Rights to Plant Varieties (2010) (EN)
  • Decree No. 54/2010/ND-CP of May 21, 2010, detailing a Number of Articles of the Cinematography Law No. 62/2006/QH11 and Law No. 31/2009/QH12 Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Cinematography Law (2010) (EN)
  • Circular No. 05/2010/TT-BYT of March 1, 2010, on Guiding the Confidential Protection of Trial Data in Drug Registration (2010) (EN)
  • Instruction No. 36/2008/CT-TTg of December 31, 2008, on Strengthening the Management and Implementation of Copyright and Related Rights Protection (2008) (EN)
  • Joint Circular No. 02/2008/TTLT-TANDTC-VKSNDTC-BVHTT&DL-BKH&CN-BTP of April 3, 2008, guiding the Application of a Number of Legal Provisions to the Settlement of Disputes over intellectual Property Rights at People’s Courts (2008) (EN)
  • Circular No. 01/2008/TT-BKHCN of February 25, 2008, guiding the Grant and Withdrawal of Industrial Property Assessor Cards and Certificates for Industrial Property Assessment Organizations (2008) (EN)
  • Decree No 169/2007/ND-CP of November 19, 2007, on Mobilization of Scientific and Technological Resources for Public Security-related Work (2007) (EN)
  • Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN of February 14, 2007, guiding the Implementation of the Decree No. 103/2006/ND-CP of September 22, 2006, detailing and guiding the Implementation of a Number of Articles of the Law on Intellectual Property regarding Industrial Property (2007) (EN)
  • Decree No. 138/2006/ND-CP of November 15, 2006, detailing the Implementation of the Civil Code’s Provisions on Civil Relations Involving Foreign Elements (2006) (EN)
  • Decree No. 103/2006/ND-CP of September 22, 2006, detailing and guiding the Implementation of a Number of Articles of the Law on Intellectual Property regarding Industrial Property (2006) (EN)
  • Decree No. 105/2006/ND-CP of September 22, 2006, detailing and guiding the Implementation of a Number of Articles of the Law on Intellectual Property on Protection of Intellectual Property Rights and on State Management of Intellectual Property (2006) (EN-VN)
  • Decree No. 56/2006/ND-CP of June 6, 2006, on Sanctioning Administrative Violations in Cultural and Information Activities (2006) (EN)
  • Order No. 28/2005/L-CTN of December 12, 2005, on the promulgation of Law on Intellectual Property (2005) (EN)
  • Decision No. 18/2002/QD-BVHTT of July 29, 2002, issusing Regulation on the Licensing, Inspection, Examination and Handling of Violations of the Reception of Foreign Television Programs (2002) (EN)
  • Decree No. 61/2002/ND-CP of June 11, 2002, on Royalty Regime (2002) (EN)

 

IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature

 

 

  • Law No. 103/2016/QH13 of April 5, 2016, on the Press (2017) (EN | VI)
  • Civil Code No. 91/2015/QH13 of November 24, 2015 (2017) (EN | VI)
  • Criminal Code No. 100/2015/QH13 of November 27, 2015 (2016) (EN | VI)
  • Code of Civil Procedure No. 92/2015/QH13 of November 25, 2015 (2016) (EN | VI)
  • Law No. 93/2015/QH13 of November 25, 2015, on Administrative Procedures (2016) (EN | VI)
  • Law No. 54/2014/QH13 of June 23, 2014, on Customs (2015) (EN | VI)
  • Law No. 29/2013/QH13 of June 18, 2013, on Science and Technology (2014) (EN | VI)
  • Law No. 15/2012/QH13 of June 20, 2012, on Handling Administrative Violations (2014) (EN | VI)
  • Law No. 16/2012/QH13 of June 21, 2012, on Advertising (2013) (EN | VI)
  • Law No. 80/2006/QH11 of November 29, 2006, on Technology Transfer (2007) (EN)
  • Ordinance No. 29/2006/PL-UBTVQH11 amending and supplementing a Number of Articles of the Ordinance on Procedures for the Settlement of Administrative Cases (2006) (EN)
  • Law No. 27/2004/QH11 of December 3, 2004, on Competition (2005) (EN)
  • Seed Ordinance No. 15/2004/PL-UBTVQH11 of March 24, 2004 (2004) (EN)
  • Criminal Procedures Code No. 19/2003/QH11 of November 26, 2003 (2003) (EN)

 

Relates laws and regulation on enterprises in Vietnam

 

  • Law No. 68/2014/QH13 of November 26, 2014, on Enterprise (2014) (EN-VN)
  • Law No. 04/2017/QH14 of June 12, 2017, provision of assistance for small and medium-sized enterprises (2017) (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 78/2015/ND-CP of September 14, 2015, on Enterprise registration. (EN-VN)
  • Decree No.108/2018/ND-CP of August 23, 2018, on amendments to some articles of the government’s Decree No. 78/2015/ ND-CP dated September 14, 2015 on enterprise registration. (EN-VN)
  • Decree No. 81/2015/ND-CP of September 18, 2015, publishing of information about state-owned enterprises (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 96/2015/ND-CP of October 19, 2015, guidelines for some articles of the Law on Enterprises (EN | VN)
  • Decree No.: 38/2018/ND-CP of March 11, 2018, investments in small and medium-sized startup companies. (EN | VN)
  • Circular No. 127/2015/TT-BTC of August 21, 2015, issuance of enterprise id numbers to new enterprises and appointment of their supervisory tax authorities. (EN | VN)

 

 

Related laws and regulations on investment in Vietnam

 

  • Law No. 67/2014/QH13 of November 26, 2014, on Investment (2014) (EN-VN|EN )
  • Law No. 49/2014/QH13 of June 18, 2014, on Public Investment (2014) (EN | VN)
  • Law No. 43/2013/QH13 of November 26,2013, on Bidding (2013) (EN | VN)
  • Law No. 03/2016/QH14 dated November 22, 2016 on amendment and supplement to article 6 and annex 4 on the list of conditional business lines stipulated in the Law on Investment (EN-VN | EN)
  • Decree No. 118/2015/ND-CP of November 12, 2015, guidelines for some articles of the Law on Investment. (EN-VN| EN )
  • Decree No. 136/2015/ND-CP of December 31, 2015, guidance on implementation of certain articles of the Law on Public Investment (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 63/2018/ND-CP of May 4, 2018, on Investment in the form of public-private partnership. (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 83/2015/ND-CP of September 25, 2015, regulations on outward Investment (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 135/2015/ND-CP of 31 December 2015, regulation on outward portfolio investments (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 50/2016/ND-CP of June 01, 2016, penalties for administrative violations against regulations on planning and investment (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 30/2015/ND-CP of March 17, 2015, guidelines for some articles on investor selection of the Law on Bidding (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 09/2018/ND-CP of January 15, 2018 , guidelines for the Law on Commerce and the Law on Foreign trade management regarding sale of goods and other activities directly related to sale of goods of foreign investors and foreign-invested business entities in Vietnam (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 136/2018/ND-CP of October 05, 2018, amending certain decrees providing for regulatory requirements for trade and investment in the environment and natural resource sector (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 155/2018/ND-CP of November 12, 2018 on amendments to some articles related to business conditions under state management of the Ministry of Health (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 08/2018/ND-CP of January 15, 2018 on amendments to certain decrees related to business conditions under state management of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 140/2018/ND-CP of October 08, 2018, on amendments to decrees related to business conditions and administrative procedures under the management of the Ministry of Labor, war invalids and social affairs (EN | VN)
  • Circular No.16/2015/TT-BKHDT dated 18 November 2015 regulations on application forms for investment procedures and reporting forms on investment in Vietnam (EN-VN | EN)

 

Related laws and regulations on food quality notification/registration in Vietnam

 

  • Law No. 55/2010/QH12 of June 17, 2010, on Food Safety (2010) (EN | VN)
  • Law No. 05/2007/QH12 of November 21, 2007, on Product and Goods quality (2007) (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 15/2018/ND-CP of February 02, 2018, elaboration of some articles of the Law of Food safety (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 115/2018/ND-CP of September 04, 2018, on penalties for administrative violations against Regulations on Food safety (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 09/2016/ND-CP of January 28, 2016, providing for fortification of food with micronutrients (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 132/2008/ND-CP of December 31, 2008, detailing the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Product and Goods quality (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 119/2017/ND-CP of November 01, 2017, on penalties for administrative violations against regulations on standards, measurement and quality of goods (EN | VN)
  • Decree No. 74/2018/ND-CP of May 15, 2018, amending and supplementing a number of articles of the decree No. 132/2008/ND-CP dated December 12, 2008 providing specific guidance on enforcement of the Law on the Quality of Products and Goods (EN | VN)
  • Circular No. 38/2018/TT-BNNPTNT of December 25, 2018, prescribing assessment and certification of compliance with food safety regulations of agro-forestry-fishery food manufacturing and trading businesses under the Management of Ministry of Agriculture and rural development (EN)

 

TREATY MEMBERSHIP

 

WIPO-Administered Treaties (Entry into force of the Treaty for the Contracting Party)

Summary Table of Membership of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Treaties Administered by WIPO, plus UPOV, WTO and UN

  • Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations (March 1, 2007) (EN)
  • Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (July 11, 2006) (EN)
  • Brussels Convention Relating to the Distribution of Programme-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite (January 12, 2006) (EN)
  • Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms (July 6, 2005) (EN)
  • Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (October 26, 2004) (EN)
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty ( October 03, 2001) (EN)
  • Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (as amended on September 28, 1979) (EN)
  • Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (as amended on September 28, 1979) (EN)
  • Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (as amended on September 28, 1979) (EN)

 

IP-related Multilateral Treaties (Entry into force of the Treaty for the Contracting Party

 

  • Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (March 5, 2018) (EN)
  • United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (January 1, 2017) (EN)
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (March 7, 2015) (EN)
  • Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (October 12, 2014) (EN)
  • Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005 (November 7, 2007) (EN)
  • Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO) (January 11, 2007) (EN)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO) – Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) (1994) (January 11, 2007) (EN)
  • International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) (EN)
  • Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (April 20, 2006) (EN)
  • Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (December 20, 2005) (EN)
  • International Plant Protection Convention 1997 (October 2, 2005) (EN)
  • WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (March 17, 2005) (EN)
  • Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (February 16, 2005) (EN)
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (May 17, 2004) (EN)
  • Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (April 20, 2004) (EN)
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (November 23, 1998) (EN)
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (February 14, 1995) (EN)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (February 14, 1995) (EN)
  • United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (November 16, 1994) (EN)
  • Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (April 26, 1994) (EN)
  • Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (January 19, 1988) (EN)
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (December 24, 1982) (EN)
  • Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts (April 19, 1982) (EN)
  • Convention on International Civil Aviation (1944) (EN)
  • Convention (I) for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field (December 28, 1957) (EN)
  • Convention (II) for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea (December 28, 1957) (EN)
  • Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (December 28, 1957) (EN)
  • Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (December 28, 1957) (EN)
  • Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials (September 1, 1952) (EN)

 

Regional Economic Integration Treaties (Entry into force of the Treaty for the Contracting Party)

 

  • ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (May 17, 2010) (EN)
  • Agreement establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (January 1, 2010) (EN)
  • Agreement on Promotion and Protection of Investment in ASEAN (September 14, 1996) (EN)
  • Agreement on the Common Effective Preferential Tariff Scheme for the ASEAN Free Trade Area (January 28, 1992) (EN)
  • Global System of Trade Preferences among Developing Countries (April 19, 1989) (EN)

 

IP-relevant Bilateral Treaties (Entry into force of the Treaty for the Contracting Party

 

  • Agreement between Japan and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam for an Economic Partnership (October 1, 2009) (EN)
  • Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Partnership among Japan and Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (December 1, 2008) (EN)
  • Agreement between Japan and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam for Liberalization, Promotion and Protection of Investment (December 19, 2004) (EN)
  • Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for the Promotion and Protection of Investments (August 1, 2002) (EN)
  • Free Trade Agreement between United States and Viet Nam (December 10, 2001) (EN)
  • Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on the Establishment of Copyright Relations (December 23, 1998) (EN)

 

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