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Circular No. 263/2016/TT- BTC: New regulations on collection rates, regime of collection, payment, management and use of industrial property fees and charges

On November 14, 2016, the Ministry of Finance promulgated Circular No. 263/2016/TT- BTC (“Circular 263”) providing for the collection rates, regime of collection, payment, management and use of industrial property fees and charges. Circular 263 has come into full force and effect since January 01, 2017 and replaced the former Circular No. 22/2009/TT-BTC (“Circular 22”) […]

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The second session of legislature XIV concluded

The second session of Legislature XIV of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) concluded o­n November 23, 2016 after more than 01 month of agenda. In this session, the NA adopted 03 laws, namely (i) the Law on Belief and Religion, (ii) the Law on Property Auction and (iii) the Law on revisions and supplements to […]

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Ministry of Justice proposes to amend the IP Law

According to local press, Ministry of Justice has finalized a draft report on the results of examination of 124 legal documents having relation with the enforcement of the 2015 Civil Procedure Code (“CPC”). The examination results reveal a great number of legal documents having contents incompatible or inconsistent with the CPC. Concerning the Law on […]

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Circular 14/2016/TTLT-BTTTT-BKHCN: Some features of the procedures for changing and revoking domain names infringing IP right

In an effort to improve effectiveness in handling cases of infringement of intellectual property (“IP”) rights on the internet and/or unfair competition in connection with domain names, on June 8, 2016, Ministry of Science & Technology (“MOST”) and Ministry of Information and Communications (“MIC”) have jointly issued Circular No. 14/2016/TTLT-BTTTT-BKHCN (“Circular 14”) providing guidance on […]

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Circular No. 08/2016/TT-BVHTTDL: Promulgating new copyright registration forms

On July 2, 2016, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism issued Circular No. 08/2016/TT-BVHTTDL (« Circular 08/2016”) promulgating copyright/related rights registration forms. This Circular takes effect as of August 15, 2016 replacing Decision No. 88/2006/QD-BVHTT dated October 17, 2006 issued by the Ministry of Culture and Information. Copyright/related rights registration certificates which have been issued […]

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Viet Nam recognizes the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore as an International Searching Authority (ISA), and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the PCT

On September 8, 2015, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) issued Notification No. 8450/TB-SHTT officially recognizing the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) as an International Searching Authority (ISA), and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the PCT. The NOIP’s decision is believed to create more opportunities and convenience to the Vietnamese […]

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The Vietnamese National Assembly approved 11 laws

The 13th session of Legislature XIII of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) concluded o­n June 26, 2015. In this session, the NA approved: Law on Government Organization (amended); Law on Local Government Organization; Law on the Vietnam Fatherland Front (amended); Law on Election of National Assembly Deputies and Local People’s Council Members; Law on State […]

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8 Laws Approved by the National Assembly of Vietnam

The 6th session of Legislature XIII of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) concluded o­n November 29, 2013. In this session, the NA approved: 1. Law on on Vegetation Protection and Quarantine; 2. Employment Law; 3. Law on Receiving Citizens; 4. Land Law (amended); 5. Law on Practicing Thriftand CombatingWaste (amended); 6. Law amending and supplementing […]

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New Decree No. 131/2013/ND-CP on Sanctioning Administrative Violations of Copyright and Related Rights

On October 16, 2013, the Government of Vietnam adopted Decree No. 131/2013/ND-CP on Sanctioning Administrative Violations of copyright and related rights (“Decree 131”) which replaces Decree 47/2009/ND-CP dated May 13, 2009, as amended and supplemented by Decree 109/2011/ND-CP dated December 2, 2011. Decree 131 will take effect as of December 15, 2013. Decree 131 consists […]

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New Decree No. 114/2013/ND-CP on Handling of Administrative Violations in the fields of New Plant Varieties and Plant Protection and Quarantine

On October 3, 2013, the Government of Vietnam adopted Decree No. 114/2013/ND-CP on Handling of Administrative Violations in the Fields of New Plant Varieties and Plant Protection and Quarantine  (“Decree 114”). Decree 114  will take effect as of November 20, 2013. Decree 114 replaces Decree 57/2005-ND-CP dated April 27, 2005 on Handling of Administrative Violations in […]

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