On May 22, 2018, the government of Vietnam promulgated Decree No. 82/2018/ND-CP on industrial and economic zones (Decree 82) replacing Decree No. 29/2008/ND-CP dated March 14, 2008, as amended by Decree No. 164/2013/ND-CP and Decree No. 114/2015/ND-CP (Decree 29). Decree 82 will come into effect from July 10, 2018. Below are some key changes of Decree 82 in comparison to Decree...

On June 19, 2018, Vietnam’s prime minister issued Directive No. 17/CT-TTg on strengthening the fight against smuggling, commercial fraud, and the production and trade of fake goods and low-quality goods for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and functional foods (Directive 17). Directive 17 states that, while tens of thousands of cases have been discovered and handled, the situation still needs...

Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN, an important legal document in the intellectual property area in Vietnam, was amended for the fourth time. Regarding amendments on Vietnamese IP law, there are some of the most important points below of the amendment: Time limit for entering the Vietnamese national phase of PCT applications – Points 27.4 and 27.5 The time limit for entering the national...

On June 15, 2018, Vietnam’s government issued Decree No. 87 on Business in Gases, which governs various aspects of doing business in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), and others. Decree 87 contains regulations on conditions for import, export, producing, processing, mixing, bottling and selling (both wholesale and retail), and transport of...

The National Assembly of Vietnam passed an updated version of the Law on Competition on June 12, 2018. The new law governs merger control and anti-competitive activities in the Vietnam market and will take effect on July 1, 2019, replacing the current Law on Competition of 2004. One of the notable changes of the new Competition Law is that the Vietnamese competition authorities will have...