Monday, June 20, 2011

IP Komodo’s news from Vietnam

IP Komodo’s friends at Rouse Vietnam report on IP news in this month in Vietnam.

The Ministry of Science and Technology hosted a conference with WIPO entitled “Developing Brands from Trademarks: The Benefits of Trademarks in Developing and Improving the Capacity to Compete.” Both WIPO and the director of the Vietnam IPO, called the NOIP, Tran Viet Hung spoken on the importance of IP for the development of Vietnam’s businesses.

Central Vietnam's Binh Dinh Department of Science and Technology has granted a collective mark to provincial manufacturers of Bau Da rice liquor. This began as a trademark dispute as in 2001, the Minh Anh Food and Beverage Company registered a trademark for the traditional liquor. The Association of Bau Da Liquor Producers entered lengthy negotiations with Minh Anh to allow traditional Binh Dinh-based manufacturers to use the mark and in 2010, the two parties came to an agreement, allowing the Binh Dinh DOST to grant a collective mark to 53 businesses, establishments, and households that produce the liquor in the province.

Cigarrette smuggling is a major problem in Vietnam. The Long Bien Economic Police arrested three suspects involved in smuggling 555 cigarettes from China to Hanoi. The Quang Ninh-based trio using a four-seater sedan to smuggle the cigarettes over the Chinese border. Meanwhile the Ho Chi Minh Economic police similarly uncovered a smuggling ring located in Go Vap District. On June 8, police seized 24,000 Craven, Jet, and 555 brand cigarette packages at five locations in Saigon believed to be smuggled from Cambodia through the Moc Hoa crossing in Long An.

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