On August 29, 2013, the Government of Vietnam adopted Decree No. 99/2013/ND-CP on Handling of Administrative Violations in the field of Industrial Property (“Decree 99”) which replaces Decree 97/2010/ND-CP dated September 21, 2010. Decree 99 will take effect as of October 15, 2013.
Decree 99 is one of the guiding instruments for implementation of the Law on Handling Administrative Violations enacted by Vietnam’s National Assembly on June 20, 2012, and the 2005 Law on Intellectual Property as amended in 2009. It includes some new provisions and important changes compared with the old Decree 97/2010/ND-CP (which was issued before the enactment of the Law on Handling Administrative Violations). Decree 99 is of great importance for the enforcement of industrial property rights given that administrative measure remains the most effective and popular way in the system of protection of industrial property rights in Vietnam.
A Special Feature on Decree 99 will be published by D&N International in the near future on its website.