Vietnam promotes e-filing system at intellectual property office

Scene from a meeting of the APEC Health Working Group (Photo: apec2017.vn) HCM City (VNA) – Health officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are expected to have a hectic day in Ho Chi Minh City on August 22 with two policy dialogues and one meeting of the Health Working Group (HWG). One policy dialogue will focus on accelerating action on tuberculosis (TB) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) and the other will deal with promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCD) control for a healthy Asia - Pacific region. At the same time, the HWG Meeting will enter the second working day after completing a lot of work on August 21. The Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group, the Investment Experts’ Group, the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group, the Mobility Group and the Electronic Commerce Steering Group-Data Privacy Subgroup will also meet on August 22. Besides, APEC officials will mull over other issues relating to customs procedures, trade and investment, chemicals, standards and conformance, and the services sector. In the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, APEC officials will continue with the Policy Partnership on Food Security Meeting and the Ocean and Fisheries Working Group Meeting. The APEC exhibition on agriculture and advanced agro-production technologies is still underway in the city.-VNA ... [read more]

NDO – Vietnam and Mexico have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on geographical indications (GIs) protection, aimed at strengthening their cooperation and mutual understanding of the geographical indicative system and assisting the protection of each party's GIs in order to improve their quality and effectiveness. The signing of the MoU was held between the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), in Hanoi on August 21. According to the Head of NOIP Dinh Huu Phi, Vietnam has protected 56 GIs, including 50 domestic and six GIs of foreign countries. To date, Vietnam has 54 trademarks protected in Mexico; during 2016-2017 alone, the number of Vietnamese trademarks applying for Mexican protection increased by 25%. In Vietnam, between 2010 and 2017, there have been 83 trademark applications, five industrial designs and eight patents by Mexico protected in Vietnam. GIs, including titles of origin, are the object of great concern to local governments and society as a whole, in addition to being a strength to be exploited for economic development of the two countries, Phi said. He also urged the two agencies to actively cooperate and develop specific projects within the MoU framework to maximise the potential for cooperation in this important area, in turn meeting the requirements for the development of trade and economic relations between Vietnam and Mexico. Derived from the actual needs and internal capabilities of each agency, through the MoU both sides will share knowledge, experience…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The second meeting of the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP) kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City, on August 19, on the fringes of the third APEC Officials Meeting (SOM 3). The SCCP set the 2017 target of facilitating trade and ensuring supply chain security as specified in the SCCP Collective Action Plan and the sub-committee’s work programme 2017. Therefore, the three-day event will continue working on the frameworks connecting supply chains, single-window mechanism, authorised economic operator (AEO), cross-border e-commerce, partnership between customs and businesses, and information technology and risk management. The first meeting of the sub-committee took place in Nha Trang city in Vietnam’s central coastal province of Khanh Hoa from February 21-23. Delegates looked into the priorities of the Asia-Pacific region, such as promoting sustainable, creative and inclusive growth; enhancing regional economic connectivity; improving the competitiveness and creativity of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs); strengthening food security and sustainable agriculture in adaptation to climate change. The meeting focused on the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the single-window mechanism, IT application and risk management in customs management, the management of cross-border implementation of intellectual property rights, and the enhancement of cross-border e-commerce. Vietnam suggested that the APEC economies connect the single-window mechanism, increase sharing information and experience in combating smuggling and trade fraud, thereby helping customs agencies to facilitate trade and ensure trade security in regional supply chains. These are also the major targets of the Collective…... [read more]

The United States on Friday formally launched a trade investigation into China's intellectual property practices and forced transfer of American technology, which President Donald Trump had called for this week. "On Monday, President Trump instructed me to look into Chinese laws, policies, and practices which may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement. "After consulting with stakeholders and other government agencies, I have determined that these critical issues merit a thorough investigation." Foreign companies have long complained about Beijing's failure to protect know-how and patents, and in some cases forcing firms to share information with domestic partners as the price for doing business in the massive Chinese market. But they also have been timid about pressing too hard for their governments to take action, for fear of losing access to China. But "Washington will turn a blind eye no longer," Trump insisted on Monday. "We will safeguard the copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property that is so vital to our security and to our prosperity," he said. America, he added, will no longer tolerate Beijing's "theft" of U.S. industrial secrets. Lighthizer is launching the investigation under Section 301 of U.S. trade law, which addresses intellectual property. Beijing this week fired back, warning that "everybody will lose" in the event of a trade war between the world's two largest economies. The United States is China's second-largest trading partner after the European Union, and had a…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Nam Tra My District in Quang Nam Province will host the first monthly Ngoc Linh ginseng market from September 29 to October 1. Promising root: Ngoc Linh ginseng harvested at a mountain farm in Nam Tra My District.  The chairman of the district people’s committee, Ho Quang Buu, told Viet Nam News the market in the south central province would provide a meeting point for tourists, investors, traders and local growers of Panax vietnamensis, better known as Vietnamese ginseng. He said the market, to be held every month between the 10th and 12th, would help boost the sale of local medical herbs, farm produce and forestry products, as well as improve the living standard of ethnic groups in the mountainous district. “We will allocate the culture and sport centre in the district to display farm produce, ginseng and herbs at 20 pavilions. Villagers will bring their products to introduce and sell at the market under strict control of quality and brand,” Buu said. Ngoc Linh ginseng, grown both in Nam Tra My District in Quang Nam and Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands, has been designated a national brand. Earlier this year, the district introduced the first ever Ngoc Linh ginseng and medical herbs centre in Tra Mai Commune as a major source of seed and saplings. The district plans to develop 15,000ha of ginseng farm in seven mountain communes by 2030. According to district authorities, more than 42,000ha of primary forests have been well preserved…... [read more]

President Donald Trump on Monday authorized an inquiry into China's alleged theft of intellectual property in the first direct trade measure by his administration against Beijing, but one that is unlikely to prompt near-term change. Trump broke from his 17-day vacation in New Jersey to sign the memo in the White House at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. The investigation is likely to cast a shadow over relations with China, the largest U.S. trading partner, just as Trump is asking Beijing to step up pressure against Pyongyang. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will have a year to look into whether to launch a formal investigation of China's trade policies on intellectual property, which the White House and U.S. industry lobby groups say are harming U.S. businesses and jobs. Trump called the inquiry "a very big move." Trump administration officials have estimated that theft of intellectual property by China could be as high as $600 billion. Experts on China trade policy said the long lead time could allow Beijing to discuss some of the issues raised by Washington without being seen to cave to pressure under the threat of reprisals. Although Trump repeatedly criticized China's trade practices on the campaign trail, his administration has not taken any significant action. Despite threats to do so, it has declined to name China a currency manipulator and delayed broader national security probes into imports of foreign steel and aluminum that could indirectly affect China.…... [read more]

Trade tensions between the United States and China heated up on Tuesday as Beijing warned that it "will not sit idle" if a US probe into its intellectual property practices leads to sanctions. President Donald Trump's decision to order the investigation comes on top of strains between the two nations over how to handle Beijing's ally North Korea. Trump on Monday signed a memorandum directing US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether Chinese policies hurt American investors or companies -- with retaliatory measures a possible outcome. "We will stand up to any country that unlawfully forces American companies to transfer their valuable technology as a condition of market access. We will combat the counterfeiting and piracy that destroys American jobs," Trump said. "Washington will turn a blind eye no longer," Trump said, vowing to safeguard copyrights, patents and other intellectual property that are "vital to our security and to our prosperity". The president said the US would no longer tolerate Beijing's "theft" of US industrial secrets, long a concern of major foreign corporations seeking a share of the huge Chinese market. "We will engage in a thorough investigation and, if needed, take action to preserve the future of US industry," Lighthizer said. China's commerce ministry issued a statement voicing "serious concern" and warning that any US trade protectionism "will definitely harm bilateral trade relations". "If the US side take actions that impair the mutual trade relations, disregarding the facts and disrespecting multilateral trade rules, China will not sit…... [read more]

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will sign a memorandum Monday that could lead to sanctions against China over its intellectual property practices, administration officials said on Saturday (Aug 12.) Trump will direct US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether any Chinese laws, policies or practices discriminate against or harm American innovators and technology companies. (Photo: AFP/Jim Watson) Trump will direct US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether any Chinese laws, policies or practices discriminate against or harm American innovators and technology companies, the officials said. If so, Lighthizer would have "broad powers" to seek remedial action. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, bluntly accused China of "stealing our intellectual property" - long a concern of Western companies seeking a share of the enormous Chinese market. The new measure comes amid high tensions between Washington and Beijing. Trump has accused China of failing to rein in the nuclear ambitions of its ally North Korea, even as he makes ever sharper threats against Pyongyang. The officials said that matter, and the trade issue, are not linked. The process Lighthizer will initiate, under Article 302b of the US Commercial Code, could take as long as a year to yield its findings. The latest step follows the opening by the Trump administration of several other investigations into Chinese commercial practices, notably in the steel sector. On Tuesday, Washington announced…... [read more]

Many farmers in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son have constructed an improvised cable car to carry custard apples from the mountains. Custard apple harvesting is taking place in Chi Lang District. Since early morning, many people come to local Lan Giao Mountain to harvest the fruit. Lanh Van Long, a local resident, said that it is very difficult to climb to mountains, so he can only pick up 6-8 baskets of custard-apples every morning.     Farmers in Lang Son Province invent cable car to carry custard apples Another local farmer named Hua Van Cuong said that his family grew around 500 custard apple trees covering a hectare on the mountain. After being harvested, custard apples are brought to Dong Banh Market for sales. People in Chi Lang have made a winch which they describe as a cable car to transport custard apples from the mountains to the ground. The tool is made from motorbike engines and cables. The cable length depends on different heights of mountains and can run up to 700m. The brake is used to adjust the speed. In 2011, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam issued a trademark for Chi Lang custard apples, aiming to raise the profile of Lang Son's speciality fruit and its value. Chi Lang District grew custard apples across 1,500ha by 2016.   …... [read more]

President Donald Trump warned North Korea again on Thursday not to strike Guam or U.S. allies, saying his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it launched an attack may not have been tough enough. After North Korea disclosed plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, Trump said the move would prompt "an event the likes of which nobody's seen before." He took specific aim at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he had "disrespected our country greatly. He has said things that are horrific. And with me, he's not getting away with it," Trump told reporters in New Jersey. "It's not a dare. It's a statement," Trump said. "He's not going to go around threatening Guam. And he's not going to threaten the United States. And he's not going to threaten Japan. And he's not going to threaten South Korea." North Korea's army will complete the plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam, when they will be ready for Kim's order, state-run KCNA news agency said. The plans called for the missiles to land in the sea 30-40 km (18-25 miles) from Guam. "Let's see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea," Trump said, without offering specifics. Shortly after Trump spoke, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters…... [read more]




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