The number of applications for patent registration has seen a rapid increase over the last two years, showing an improvement in Vietnamese people’s awareness about the need for IP protection.
Prior to 2004, the number of applications for patent registration amounted to just 5 of the total applications filed to the National Office for Intellectual Property (NOIP). The other 95 of applications come from foreign institutions and individuals.
The figure rose to 10 in 2004 and it is expected to reach 12 this year, according to Pham Phi Anh, Deputy Director General of NOIP.
Mr Anh noted that despite witnessing a rapid increase, the applications from Vietnamese and local enterprises remained modest, while the applications from foreigners continue to grow rapidly.
In 2004 alone, the number of applications was 1,110, or six fold than that in 1993.
According to Mr Anh, Vietnam has been a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) since 1993 which allows Vietnamese and foreigners to apply more easily for patent registration abroad and in Vietnam.
Nevertheless, to date, only seven Vietnamese applications have been registered abroad.