In Vietnam the lunar new year called Tet starts next week, and this year there is a fruity IP reason to celebrate.
VN Economy News reported yesterday about the country's frustrations that its well known agricultural products have insufficient IP protection. See here for previous reports about Chinese companies registering Vietnamese GIs in bad faith. Some 53 GIs have now been registered at the National Office of Intellectual Property(NOIP) in Vietnam. But a recent NOIP report indicates that there are at least 800 well recognised agricultural GIs in Vietnam and the report says producers need to do more to secure IP protection, though trademarks, collective and certification marks and GIs.