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New regulations on Protection of Copyright in Vietnam

Copyright in Vietnam is Intellectual Property assets protected in Vietnam under the Intellectual Property Law and the Berne Convention in which Vietnam is a member to. On the basis of practical requirements, the Government of Vietnam has issued the Decree No. 22/2018/ND-CP (Decree 22) on February 23, 2018 to replace the Decree 100 and Decree 85. This Decree shall officially come into effect since April 10, 2018 with the following major changes

VALIDATION OF EUROPEAN PATENT IN CAMBODIA

The Agreement on the Validation of European Patents (“Validation Agreement”) signed with the European Patent Organization (EPO) that came into effect since March 01, 2018 set Cambodia to become the first country in Asia to validate European patents in its territory.
This Validation Agreement is expected to extends the attractiveness of the European patent system beyond Europe. It represents a reduction of both processing times and costs for applicants and a reduction of the administrative burden for the Cambodian patent office…

New opportunity for protection of China Patent in Cambodia

Further to the agreement signed with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) that allows the owners of granted Singaporean patents to re-register their patent in Cambodia, the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) has made another effort in Biletaral Intellectual Property (IP) Cooperation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the State IP Office of China (SIPO) on September 21, 2017. This MOU shall come into effect on April 1st, 2018; accordingly, MIH will recognize patents granted at SIPO.

THE LONG-AWAITED IP BILLS OF MYANMAR FIRST STAGE PASSED

Recent years witness the rushing foreign investment, especially from Chinese, Singaporean and EU investors into Myanmar, the conflicts and disputes in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) in Myanmar appear more and more frequent as a consequence, however, the current legal system of Myanmar is not sufficient to regulate such disputes. Recognizing the indispensability of an IP law system to protect the IP assets of foreign investors and further attract investment capital, the Government of Myanmar has made strong commitments to establish an IP Law system.

New significant changes on patent and trademark in Vietnam from 2018

To catch up with the trend of economic integration and bring Vietnam legal system of Intellectual Property (IP) closer to International regulations and practices, Ministry of Science & Technology issued the Circular No. 16/2016/TT-BKHCN amending and supplementing Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN.

Establishment of new mechanism to enhance the trademark protection in Vietnam

Since the 2000s, the counterfeiting and low-quality goods are present in many segments of the market in every corner of Vietnam, from the grocery stores in traditional markets in remote areas to the urbans, even find their ways to luxury shopping centers in such metropolitans as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, etc., which “challenge” the knowledge of consumers and trademark protection in Vietnam.

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