On March 29, 2020 Laos imposed lockdown and confinement measures instructing Lao citizens to stay home, and nonessential businesses to cease operations. Certain temporary measures are now being lifted but the borders and international checkpoints remain closed. The impact on some industries during the pandemic has been severe, but we are also seeing some positives coming out of this which may...

Intellectual Property (IP) Activities Annual Report 2019 in Vietnam: As a breakthrough year for the successful implementation of the socio-economic development plan in 2016-2020, the Intellectual Propery Office of Viet Nam (IP Viet Nam) achieved various meaningful results to contribute to the scientific, technological and socio-economic development of the country in...

Since the first reported case of COVID-19 on March 23, 2020, the Myanmar Government has published several guidelines for preventing the further spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health and Sports has strengthened health and hygiene practices, to apply to different workplaces, as there is a move towards the reopening of businesses. Employers must ensure the health and safety of their employees...

Vietnam reported a $6.46 billion trade surplus in the first seven months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 328 percent. In July alone, trade surplus reached $1 billion, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) said in a report. Despite the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam’s trade surplus still increased sharply this year because the country imported less. Vietnam...

Cambodia is set to become the latest member of the Berne Convention - the key international treaty governing copyright and related rights - following a law passed on June 27, 2020, ratifying the convention and authorizing the government to take steps to implement it. The most anticipated change resulting from this development will be the automatic protection of foreign works—both newly created...