VietNamNet Bridge – The international community appreciated what Vietnam has done since its enactment of the 2005 law on intellectual property (IP), said Antonio Berenguer, Trade Counsellor of the European Commission delegation in Vietnam.“The government of Vietnam has issued a number of decrees, documents on IP and then delivered them to its concerned ministries, branches and agencies. That shows Vietnam’s deep care and great priority towards the issue of IP,” the official told reporters on the sidelines of a training course on opposition and appeal procedures for trademarks and industrial designs held in Hanoi, on December 19-20.
He said that Vietnam had shown an early attention to IP when the government established a department on invention (the forerunner of the current National Office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam) 25 years ago.
Furthermore, Vietnam fully participated in international IP-related conventions, such as the 1883 Paris Convention on the Protection of Industrial Property, the 1886 Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, and the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
“Thanks to the efforts, the concept of IP has become clear and popular to the Vietnamese public, and this is an important factor for Vietnam to expand trade relations with its partners, including the European Union,” Counsellor Berenguer said.
However, Vietnam has a lot of things to do to further improve the IP protection, he noted. He said he hoped that the EC would support Vietnam more in IP-related projects the like three-year ECAP II project which is scheduled to complete this year.
ECAP II is a cooperation programme between the EC and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), aimed at bettering the IP protection in participant countries, thus helping increase trade relations between the EU and ASEAN.
This time’s Hanoi training course is one of the more than 40 activities that have been carried out within the framework of ECAP II.