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...

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,...

Vietnamese technology firm VNG is suing TikTok, the popular short-form video app, saying it does not have adequate licences for the songs being used in its videos.VNG is accusing the Chinese-owned company of using audio tracks owned by Zing, a VNG subsidiary, without the company’s consent, two sources familiar with the issue said Monday. A legal document from the people’s court of Ho Chi Minh...

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...

The EU-Vietnam free trade agreement is a highway that creates opportunities not only for 'heavy vehicles' but also 'mini trucks', says Vu Tien Loc, chairman of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Loc used the highway and mini trucks metaphor at an online conference last Thursday to emphasize that the trade pact is a growth opportunity not only for big players but also for household...