Vietnam’s national component under the EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property rights Cooperation Programme II (ECAP II) is expected to take place later this year and continue until the end of 2006.
Three European consultants will arrive in Vietnam later this year to work out a blueprint for the programme, signed between the European Commission and the Ministry of Science and Technology, with a budget of EUR1.5mil.
Aimed at fostering trade, investment and technology exchange between Europe and ASEAN and among ASEAN countries, the programme was successfully implemented from September 1993 to June 1997 in six original ASEAN member countries: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
While ECAP I focused on industrial property rights, the second programme aims to expand the scope of activities to all fields of Intellectual Property rights, including patent and industrial design, trademark, copyright and geographical indications. There will be a greater emphasis on enforcing the programme and increasing public awareness of it.
ECAP II Project Administrator, Peter Buckley, said the National Office of Industrial Property, the EC, local Government agencies and businesses are to work together on the programme.
Hanoi will host a workshop on geographical indications on October 7-8, in which European experts and representatives from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will exchange their experiences.
Heads of ASEAN industrial property offices will then gather for the third annual regional meeting of ECAP II to discuss future activities.