Are importers and distributors responsible for patent infringement related to the products they import and distribute? This seemingly simple question has still only been partially answered in Vietnam, when the Superior People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City rendered a judgment on 28 July 2020 sending a case back to the first-instance court for a retrial. The plaintiff in the case is a multinational...

On June 17, 2020, the National Assembly of Vietnam passed the Law on Investment 2020 (LOI) and Law on Enterprises 2020 (LOE). The new laws will take effect on January 1, 2021, replacing their predecessors from 2014. These are two of the main sources of corporate law in Vietnam, applicable to both domestic and foreign companies. Some key changes for foreign investors are listed below. Law on...

Vietnam is ranked 42nd among 131 economies in the 2020 Global Innovation Index and ninth in Asia, ahead of many neighbors. Vietnam scored 37.12 out of 100 and secured third place in Southeast Asia after Singapore and Malaysia, according to the report compiled by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University and the business school INSEAD. The report, released Wednesday,...

As Vietnam continues to integrate into the world economy via bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, tariff barriers in the country have gradually been removed. This has made Vietnam an even more attractive target for foreign manufacturers and exporters, but it has also indirectly introduced a new challenge: local authorities are increasingly applying non-tariff barriers, such as...

On 28 August 2020, the Ministry of Commerce issued Order 63/2020 for the filing of applications to register trademarks pursuant to the Trademark Law (“Order”). This Order applies to existing trademark owners in Myanmar (“Existing Owners”). Existing Owners include both trademark owners that have registered their marks with the Office of Registration of Deeds (“ORD”) as well as owners of...