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Commitments on IP protection to have big impacts on businesses

The fulfillment of the commitments regarding the intellectual property (IP) protection is believed to install a firm technical barrier to Vietnamese, which is believed to change the whole business environment in Vietnam.

altThe stronger reactions by international institutions regarding the intellectual property (IP) problems show the hard pressure Vietnam is under in implementing IP rights.

Just several days after Coca-Cola and Samsung released the decision to remove all their ad pieces from the website, Zing immediately had to make public the copyright agreement with Universal Music, affirming that it would sign similar contracts with other international music firms as well.

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IP news in Singapore


It is common knowledge that the use of another person’s trademark without his consent is an act of trademark infringement. However, many may not know that using another person’s trade name or trademark (regardless of whether it is registered) without his consent may also amount to passing off.

Essentially, the tort of passing off protects the goodwill of a trader from a misrepresentation that causes damage to his goodwill. In order to establish passing off, the Plaintiff would have to prove the existence of the “Holy Trinity” of Passing Off, namely: Goodwill, Misrepresentation and Damages. However, out of the three, Goodwill is the most crucial element. For without Goodwill, there could be no Misrepresentation, and without Misrepresentation there could be no Damages.

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Cambodia To Form Business Dispute Court

The Cambodian Ministry of Commerce has finalised a 40-article draft law creating an independent commercial court and arbitration body, said China’s Xinhua news agency quoting a local media report Monday.Mao Thora, Under-secretary of State for the Commerce Ministry, has said that it is hoped that the specialized court for business disputes will be formed by […]

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High level delegation of the State Intellectual Property Office of China visits Viet Nam

From 23 to 25 November 2008, a high level delegation of the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) headed by Mr. Li Yuguang, Deputy Commissioner and Chinese Trademark Office (CTMO) under the management of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce of China headed by Ms. Guo Lianlian, Deputy Director General, paid an official visit to Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi within the framework of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of Intellectual Property. The delegation also consisted of high level officials and experienced experts of SIPO and CTMO.

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Seminar on “Intellectual property for journalists”

On 21 April 2009, in Ha Noi, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam and the American Chamber of Commerce jointly organized the seminar on “Intellectual Property for journalists”. H.E. Mr. Nguyen Quan, Vice Minister of Science and Technology attended the seminar and delivered the opening speech. The seminar was also attended by Mr. Murray Hibert, Senior Director for Asia, AMCHAM, Mrs. Pham Chi Lan, former General Secretary of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Tran Viet Hung, Director General of the NOIP, managers of some enterprises and over 50 journalists from the press and television stations.

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Conference “Review 2008 and Directions 2009” of the NOIP

On 12 January 2009, NOIP organized the Conference “Review 2008 and Directions 2009” and the Staff Meeting of the NOIP. H.E. Mr. Nguyen Quan, Vice Minister of Science and Technology attended the Conference. The Conference was also attended by Mr. Tran Van Tung, Director General of Personnel Department and representatives of some functional agencies of Ministry of Science and Technology.

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