What are limitations on patent rights in Vietnam?

Article 7, the IP Law of Vietnam stipulates that (i) patent right holders shall only be permitted to exercise their rights within the scope and term of protection provided for in this Law; (ii) the exercise of patent rights must not infringe the interests of the State, the public interest or the legitimate rights and interests of other organizations and individuals, and must not breach other relevant provisions of law; and (iii) in order to assure objectives of national defence and security, the people’s livelihood and other interests of the State and society stipulated in this Law, the State may prohibit or restrict the exercise of patent rights by the holders thereof or may compel such holders to license one or more of their rights to other organizations or individuals on appropriate terms.

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