Over the past several months, the Lao government has been introducing a number of measures aimed at promoting foreign investment, including implementing Notification No. 2633/Cabinet/MOIC to abolish minimum registered capital requirements for certain foreign investors, and enacting the new Law on Investment Promotion No. 14/NA (LIP) to facilitate investments among both domestic and...

Augmented reality (AR) is an information technology that has been attracting a great deal of attention and R&D investment. We know AR mostly as application software for mobile devices, in particular those with camera functions. Examples of AR technology include games or photography apps that are capable of overlaying digital contents (e.g. cartoon animation, other special effects) on the...

Under Vietnamese law, if a logo is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of its holder from those of others, it can qualify for trademark protection. If the logo is created personally by the author without copying others’ works and is fixed in a material form, it is also copyrightable as a work of applied art (assuming it meets the minimum creativity threshold). Such parallel...

Goods trading and activities directly related to goods trading are considered a “conditional” business for foreign investment in Vietnam, meaning the market is open to foreign investors provided they meet certain conditions. This area was governed for more than 10 years by Decree No. 23/2007/ND-CP (Decree 23), which was in line with the old 2005 Investment Law and gradually became out-of-date,...

Introduction In 2015, the Ministry of Energy revised its Power Development Plan in order to provide a blueprint for Thailand’s energy priorities over the coming two decades. The PDP2015, as the Power Development Plan was called, was itself an update on previous development plans created by the Ministry of Energy in conjunction with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT),...