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A round up of the latest Intellectual Property news.

VIETNAM: LAUNCHES ONLINE FILING SYSTEM UNDER THE PATENT COOPERATION TREATY FOR INTERNATIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS ORIGINATING IN VIETNAM

Author: Hau Nguyen, Daniel Greif Beginning from 01 December 2019, the online filing system under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“ePCT”) has been officially accepted by the Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam (“IP Office”) for international patent applications originating in Vietnam according to an agreement between the IP Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). […]

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VIETNAM: INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL DESIGN REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS IN VIETNAM UNDER THE HAGUE AGREEMENT

Author: Daniel Grief, Hau Nguyen On September 30, 2019, the Government of Vietnam deposited its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement.  Then, on December 30, 2019, the Geneva Act (1999) entered into force in Vietnam. On December 17 and 19, 2019, the Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam (“IP Vietnam”) […]

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RAPID IP GROWTH PUSHED CHINA AHEAD ON TECH

For the last 30 years, China has achieved magnificent results in its IP development and leading IP experts compare China’s IP development with the country’s economic growth. The President of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Ms. Pelosi evaluated recent IP development and improvements in China. In her opinion, China has become […]

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CHINA MADE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN IP QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY IN 2019

CNIPA officially issued statistics for the outgoing year related to patents, trademarks, geographical indicators. The numbers of the aforementioned statistics demonstrated that IP indicators’ quality and work efficiency in 2019 had improved greatly. CNIPA issued patent statistics taking into account two indicators – domestic vs. foreign applicants and the number of invention patents owned by […]

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CAMBODIA: NEW NOTIFICATION REGARDING FILING AND RECORDING EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTORSHIPS

Author: Hau Nguyen, Daniel Greif On December 24, 2019, the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce issued a notification (the “Notification”) to clarify the Regulations on Procedures to Record and File Permission Letters for Imported Goods Bearing Exclusive Trademarks, which was enacted on May 31, 2016 (the Regulation”). With the Notification, the Ministry established new requirements to […]

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MYANMAR: THE MYANMAR TRADEMARK LAW 2019

Author: Daniel Grief, Jessica Sangiumpun The Myanmar Trademark Law 2019 (the “Trademark Law”) was enacted on 30 January 2019.  The Trademark Law is the first official trademark law to exist in Myanmar.  It is expected that the Trademark Law will come into force within the next few months. The Trademark Law has many important provisions […]

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MALAYSIA: MALAYSIA’S TRADEMARK BILL 2019

Author: Jessica Sangiumpun, Daniel Greif Last year, there were significant developments in Malaysia’s Trademark Laws. Malaysia’s Trademarks Act 2019, which replaced the former Trademarks Act 1976, was passed on 2 July 2019 after its second reading in the lower house of Parliament of Malaysia, and it was tabled and approved at the upper house of […]

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S&O ACTIVITIES: TRAINING OF CHIANG MAI IP ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, THAILAND

Author: Jessica Sangiumpun On 24th February 2020 the Training of Chiang Mai IP Enforcement Officials was held and run by S&O at the Holiday Inn, Chiang Mai. In total 40 officials were present at the training, including Chiang Mai Regional Customs Office, Chiang Dao Customs House, Chiang Mai Airport Customs House, Mae Hong Son Customs […]

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Kazakhstan IP Update

According to statistics provided by the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2019, the number of producers who infringe intellectual property rights has increased compared to 2018. The total amount of damage to rights holders due to the sale of counterfeit goods increased fivefold since 2018. “In […]

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PUBLIC SECURITY DEPARTMENT CRACKDOWN ON CRIMES RELATED TO PRODUCING AND SELLING COUNTERFEIT PROTECTIVE MATERIALS

On February 18, the Public Security Departments in China managed with 459 medical cases including counterfeit medicine, surgical masks, medical equipment, and healthcare materials. While the Public Security Departments’ staff was conducting investigations all over China, they detained more than 1000 suspects, destroyed 473 hiding places and found out over 25 million surgical masks, valued […]

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