Covid-19
On March 31, 2020, Vietnam issued Directive No. 16/CT-TTg of the Prime Minister of Vietnam, setting out a wide range of social distancing measures, which we covered in an earlier client alert (click here for details). Following this nationwide announcement, local authorities in various provinces and cities have released their own guidance on implementation of measures for preventing and...

The intellectual property framework in Laos continues to evolve with the recent Decision on Trademarks and Trade Names No. 2822/MOST, dated December 7, 2019, which was published in January and took effect on February 11, 2020. The decision brings more clarity to the mark registration process, and it had been particularly anticipated since the May 2018 publication of the Amended Law on...

Chinese researchers have applied for a national patent on an experimental Gilead Sciences Inc. drug that they believe might fight the novel coronavirus The Wuhan Institute of Virology -- based in the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic -- has applied for a patent in China for the use of the antiviral drug, known as remdesivir, in treating the ailment. The application was...

Gilead
Gilead Sciences and the U.S. government are locked in a public dispute over an HIV prevention drug, and now Gilead has lost its first attempt to invalidate patents owned by the federal government. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) turned away Gilead’s attempt to strike up a review of two patents the government owns protecting the use of Gilead’s...

The new Labour Code comes into effect on 1 January 2021. Here are some highlights: Labour Contracts A new approach to define labour contracts more broadly is introduced. An agreement with a title other than “labour contract” but which sets out a scope of work, wage, management, administration and supervision by one side over another will be considered a labour contract. Currently in Vietnam,...