IPR Protection in Vietnam
Administrative procedure is generally the most common route for quick enforcement among rights holders. Under these procedures, the relevant authorities can impose a warning or monetary fine, or engage in the seizure or sealing of infringing goods, destruction of infringing goods, suspension of the infringer’s business licence, and rectification of incorrect information that has been given to the public by way of a mass media or direct apology to the rights holder. Various governmental authorities are tasked with administrative action, based on the field, size, and severity of infringement.
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are additionally provided the option of pursuing civil court action, which can result in preliminary injunctions and/or financial damages. In specific cases relating to counterfeiting, enforcement authorities can bring infringers to court for criminal prosecution. Depending on the severity of the consequences of infringement and on the products being counterfeited, the offence could be subject to imprisonment for between two to 20 years, life-sentence or the death penalty. Vietnam
Beyond typical administrative or judicial procedures, rights holders may work with Customs authorities to protect intellectual property rights at