Accelerated protection of South Korean Patents in Cambodia

Recent years have witnessed the huge efforts of Cambodia in attracting foreign investment and accordingly, many measures to facilitate to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights have also been implemented by signing a number of IP Cooperation Agreements with Singapore, China and EUIPO, the latest Memorandum of Understanding on Patent Cooperation (click here for full context of the MOU) has been signed on August 16, 2019 between the Ministry of Industry & Handicraft (MIH) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO).

Ratification of the new Intellectual Property Law in Vietnam (with focus on patent and trademark in Vietnam) to comply with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has come into effect since January 14, 2019 set a number of requirements for changing Intellectual Property (IP) practices in Vietnam (for detailed information, please see our previous post here). In order to comply with such requirements, the draft to amend and supplement the Intellectual Property Law has been submitted to and ratified by National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on June 14, 2019 with the following points that worth noting:

New points for Patent registration in Vietnam – Application of International patent Classification (IPC – Version 2019.01)

According to the Notice No. 13235/TB-SHTT dated November 23, 2018 of the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) of Vietnam, as of January 01, 2019, the new version of IPC (2019.01) under Strasbourg Agreement shall be officially applied for the classification of technical solutions which claim protection in the application for patent registration in Vietnam. Besides the versions in two authentic languages as English and French provided by WIPO, the Vietnamese version also translated from English to assist individuals or organizations to register patent in Vietnam.

New points for trademark registration in Vietnam – Application of the International Classification of Trademarks (Nice – Version 11-2019)

According to the Notice No. 13234/TB-SHTT date November 23, 2018, as from January 01, 2019, The Vietnamese version of the Nice Classification 11th Edition (11-2019), translated by the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) from the English version published by WIPO, will be applied to the classification of goods and services for trademark registrations in Vietnam.

Trademark in Vietnam, long bad faith story

There has been an increasing global issue of the so-called “bad faith trademark filings” in which a trademark is filed for unfair purposes in order to take advantage from the reputation of a well-known trademark whether registered or not registered yet in the country or region concerned. Nowadays, there are more and more free-riders with sophisticated ways of registering trademark in Vietnam in order to mislead the Trademark Office’s examination, notably, the recent bad faith filing over the registered trademark of Doosan Corporation.

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