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Vietnam’s Luc Ngan lychee is granted the protection of geographical indications in Japan

Vietnam’s Luc Ngan lychee is granted the protection of geographical indications in Japan 

On December 15, 2019, after more than 5 years of negotiation between the two countries, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan has sent a letter to the Plant Protection Department announcing that the Vietnamese lychees have been granted the GI certificate in Japan. This means that this type of lychees in Bac Giang province can be exported directly to Japan. Throughout history, this is the first Vietnamese product to be granted a geographical indication certificate in [...]

European patent problems in computer-implemented inventions

European patent problems in computer-implemented inventions

In February 2019, a request known as G1/19 regarding the patentability for simulation methods was sent to the Enlarged Board of Appeal. The call for a change in patentability for simulation methods is to soften the strict practice applied by EPO for computer-implemented inventions. This act was considered highly opportunistic by the patent experts in this field.  Consequently, the Enlarged Board of Appeal had receiver 23 amicus curiae briefs regarding this case. Many requests came from international organizations and corporations such as [...]

IPOPHL’s cooperation with Internet Service Providers in the fight against piracy

IPOPHL’s cooperation with Internet Service Providers in the fight against piracy

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) have cooperated with the country’s internet service providers (ISPs) to organize a joint mechanism to deal with the piracy in Philippines. This decisive act by 3 repute organizations will facilitate a more streamlined and speedy blocking of pirated sites. On April 8, IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba has proposed this alliance at the focused group discussion (FGD) attended by nearly 50 representatives from associated government [...]

IP Viet Nam’s Deputy Director General Tran Le Hong (third from the right) and representatives of relevant divisions attended live the meeting

The Vietnam National Office of Intellectual Property holds an online meeting with WIPO on the Country Plan initiative

On March 11, 2021, Vietnam National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) coordinated with WIPO’s Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres (ASPAC) to discuss the Country Plan initiative. Beginning of the meeting Within the framework of several multilateral forums on intellectual property (IP) that took place recently, ASPAC mentioned the Country Plan initiative – an initiative developed by ASPAC towards establishing a cooperation mechanism. new bilateral technique between WIPO and a member country. With the desire to learn more about [...]

Taiwan: Proposed amendment to allow music played in parks without constituting an infringement

Taiwan: Proposed amendment to allow music played in parks without constituting an infringement

After seven major amendments were passed at a Cabinet meeting on April 8, 2021, nowadays, playing music in Taiwan’s parks will no longer constitute an infringement of the Copyright Act. This change is the biggest development in the Copyright Act for over two decades. With these amendments, people will be able to play music on devices at parks without worrying about copyright infringement. Wendy Chu, a senior associate at Eiger in Taipei says that: “There have not been many lawsuits against [...]

Chinese Patent Law 2021

Chinese Patent Law 2021: An Overview

The incoming fourth amendment to the Chinese patent law 2011 will become effective on June 1, 2021. China originally established the patent law in 1985, based on most developed countries’ regulations. The last amendment took place in 2008. Though still undergoing implementation and clarification, the fourth amendment signals that Chinese is moving towards harmonization with the laws of most major markets. Below are some notable changes in the revision. Pharmaceutical Patents The revised patent law introduces a patent linkage system. This [...]

Trademark registration fee in Vietnam

Trademark registration fee in Vietnam

Trademark registration in Vietnam is a procedure to protect exclusively the product / service name of an individual or organization. So whether this procedure costs a lot or not? This article will provide information on the fee of trademark registration in Vietnam in accordance with regulations of  the country. Definition of trademark registration Trademark registration is an administrative procedure carried out by the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam in the form of recording trademarks and owners in national registers [...]

What needs to be done after registering a trademark?

What needs to be done after registering a trademark in US?

There are more than 325, 946 trademark applications were filled with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the first half of 2020. The number has already increased by 10 percent in trademark applications in this year. Most of the applicants are entrepreneurs and small-business owners who want to seeking for protection of their intellectual property rights. And if you think of registering a trademark or have already done so is the final step, you might be wrong. [...]

IPOPHL extends the term of the “Juana Make A Mark” Program to empower an additional 1,000 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) led by women

IPOPHL extends the term of the “Juana Make A Mark” Program to empower an additional 1,000 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) led by women

As part of the program of the National Intellectual Property Month (IP) of 2021, the Office of Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has announced the extension of the incentive program “Juana Make a Mark”. Up to now, the program has been strengthening the voices of 3,000 women in matters related to their trademark protection efforts. At the National IP Month commencement press conference on April 5, 2021, IPOPHL CEO Rowel S. Barba stated that the office is currently welcoming [...]

IP Enforcement at Canton Fair (China Import and Export Fair): The changes when dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic

IP Enforcement at Canton Fair (China Import and Export Fair): The changes when dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic

The China Import and Export Fair (Commonly known as Canton Fair) is founded in 1957. The Fair was coordinated by the Ministry of Trade of China, Guangdong Provincial Government, and is organized biannually every April and October by the China Foreign Trade Center.  The Fair contained a huge catalog of exhibitors and buyers. Therefore, the Fair’s reputation is known across the international stage and neighboring countries. It is also the owner of one of the highest business turnovers in China [...]

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