The possibility of invalidating a patent is clearly set out in Vietnam’s intellectual property laws. Historically, however, although thousands of patents are granted each year in Vietnam, the number of requests for invalidation has been extremely small. Nearly all of these cases have occurred in the context of patent disputes where the sanctioned party (in administrative measures) or defendant...

Since the entry into effect of the 2016 Law on Pharmacy and the subsequent Decree 54/2017/ND-CP (Decree 54), pharmaceutical companies in Vietnam were eagerly awaiting a replacement for Circular No. 44/2014/TT-BYT on drug registration (Circular 44), which was based on the now-defunct Law on Pharmacy of 2005. Finally, on November 12, 2018, Circular No. 32/2018/TT-BYT (Circular 32) was issued. This...

The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has published a draft statutory instrument that, if approved by the UK Parliament, would provide for continued protection in the UK for marks in international applications and registrations under the Madrid System in which the European Union (EU) has been designated. Such provisions would only apply in the event of a ‘no‑deal’ Brexit. WIPO is releasing...

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Canada has joined three WIPO treaties that promote the worldwide use of trademarks, giving a boost to Canadian brand owners as well as consumers and underlining Canada’s strong multilateral engagement with the World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry received Canada’s instruments of accession to the Madrid Protocol, Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty...