South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Using Customs Controls In Vietnam

dreamstime_m_24720610Our final article for the Vietnam series covers how SMEs can work with Vietnamese authorities to use customs controls as an effective tool against infringement.

Customs can provide a last line of defence against infringement, stopping existing infringing goods from leaving or entering a country. This brief article gives an overview of Vietnam’s existing customs controls and gives some advice on how SMEs can work with the authorities to prevent the spread of infringing goods.

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Geographical Indications in Vietnam

Photo Andrea Parrish GeyerGeographic Indications, or ‘GIs’ as they are generally known, are an important measure of protection for producers of distinctive, quality goods typically produced in their region and well known as being produced in that region.

These products, which draw their popularity not only from their original brand, but also the conditions, produce, and production techniques which have been associated with the region in which they are produced.

This article summarises the current state of GI protection in Vietnam, and how new GI regions can register their denominations of origin in the country.

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Trade Mark Protection in Vietnam

brand-trademark-collageHere at the Helpdesk we always advise companies looking to enter new markets to initiate trade mark registration proceedings ASAP, once the decision is made to investigate a new potential market.

Trade mark protection is cheap, easy and painless if done right. Unfortunately, widespread bad faith registrations and ‘trade mark squatting’ practices in Southeast Asia can make for a far less comfortable experience for companies too slow on the uptake.

Today we discuss the peculiarities of Vietnamese trade mark protection and the registration and enforcement procedures which European SMEs can use to protect their brand and enforce their rights in Vietnam.

As always, our door is always open, and if you have questions about how best to protect your brand in Southeast Asia, just drop us an email today and we’ll get back to you within 3 working days!

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Industrial Designs in Vietnam

Having looked at Vietnamese patent law earlier this week, we thought we’d round off the week with a look at how industrial designs are protected in Vietnam.

Industrial designs are important to any manufacturer who relies on the physical appearance of their products to attract customers and entice potential buyers to choose their offering over the competition.

As such, features protectable as industrial designs can be used both purely as a form of aesthetic enticement, as well as a way of identifying your products, helping them stand out amongst a myriad of similar goods.

As always, if you have any questions, just ask!

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Patent Protection in Vietnam

Mech Eng 2Today’s post continues our series on core IPR protection in Vietnam with an introduction to patents, their application, the practical benefits of registration, and some tips and tricks to speed up the application in Vietnam.

Patents are essential to any innovator or applicator of technologies, particularly within the manufacturing and electronics sectors. Due to their more technical nature, application procedures are usually much longer than for other IPRs, but a successful registration grants the rights holder the exclusive control over the production, sale, and import/export of the product, thus representing a huge potential competitive advantage.

If you have any questions relating to patents for your company in Southeast Asia, get in touch with our experts today for free, tailored advice.

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