On 24 May 2019, the Union Parliament of Myanmar passed the Copyright Law (Law No. 15/2019) (CRL). It will come into force after the President of Myanmar issues a notification to that effect. It repeals and replaces the Copyright Act 1914 and establishes a new copyright protection system with the following major principles: 1. Copyright protection subsists in the following works without...

Procedures to file a request to the NOIP (National Office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam) for Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the NOIP and the KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office) PPH using the national work products from the KIPO On 29 May 2018, the Intellectual Property offices of Vietnam (IP Vietnam) and Korea (the KIPO) have entered a Cooperation Memorandum...

The possibility of invalidating a patent is clearly set out in Vietnam’s intellectual property laws. Historically, however, although thousands of patents are granted each year in Vietnam, the number of requests for invalidation has been extremely small. Nearly all of these cases have occurred in the context of patent disputes where the sanctioned party (in administrative measures) or defendant...

Due to significant changes to the intellectual property (IP) landscape, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) indeed poses major challenges to Vietnam in implementing its obligations. Most of the obligations aim to enhance protection for IP proprietors. This will have a particular impact on the life science sectors, benefitting foreign pharmaceutical...

Since the entry into effect of the 2016 Law on Pharmacy and the subsequent Decree 54/2017/ND-CP (Decree 54), pharmaceutical companies in Vietnam were eagerly awaiting a replacement for Circular No. 44/2014/TT-BYT on drug registration (Circular 44), which was based on the now-defunct Law on Pharmacy of 2005. Finally, on November 12, 2018, Circular No. 32/2018/TT-BYT (Circular 32) was issued. This...