The intellectual property framework in Laos continues to evolve with the recent Decision on Trademarks and Trade Names No. 2822/MOST, dated December 7, 2019, which was published in January and took effect on February 11, 2020. The decision brings more clarity to the mark registration process, and it had been particularly anticipated since the May 2018 publication of the Amended Law on...

Gilead
Gilead Sciences and the U.S. government are locked in a public dispute over an HIV prevention drug, and now Gilead has lost its first attempt to invalidate patents owned by the federal government. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) turned away Gilead’s attempt to strike up a review of two patents the government owns protecting the use of Gilead’s...

The new Labour Code comes into effect on 1 January 2021. Here are some highlights: Labour Contracts A new approach to define labour contracts more broadly is introduced. An agreement with a title other than “labour contract” but which sets out a scope of work, wage, management, administration and supervision by one side over another will be considered a labour contract. Currently in Vietnam,...

Chinese researchers have applied for a national patent on an experimental Gilead Sciences Inc. drug that they believe might fight the novel coronavirus The Wuhan Institute of Virology -- based in the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic -- has applied for a patent in China for the use of the antiviral drug, known as remdesivir, in treating the ailment. The application was...

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Chinese applications for international patents were up 10.4 per cent to 61,000 last year Charges of widespread IP abuses have been a focal point in the ongoing China-US trade war China granted 453,000 invention patents last year, up almost 5 per cent year on year, as the country vows to step up regulations to protect intellectual property amid charges of widespread IP abuses that have been a...