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...

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...

On May 22, 2018, the government of Vietnam promulgated Decree No. 81/2018/ND-CP providing detailed regulations for the implementation of the Commercial Law for commercial enhancement activities (Decree 81). Decree 81 will come into effect on July 15, 2018, replacing Decree No. 37/2006/ND-CP, dated April 4, 2006 (Decree 37). Commercial enhancement activities are defined under Article 3.10 of the...

Vietnam’s new Law on Cybersecurity was finally adopted by the National Assembly on June 12, 2018, after more than a dozen drafts and wide debate in the business and government sectors. This Cybersecurity Law imposes tremendous obligations on both onshore and, especially, offshore companies providing online services to customers in Vietnam. The companies subject to this Cybersecurity Law are...

Japanese patent law is based on the first-to-file principle and is mainly given force by the Patent Act. The administrative procedure for obtaining a patent in Japan is similar to that of most other patent systems, and includes the examination of novelty, inventive step and industrial application of the invention. In general, a patent application for an invention should be filed at the patent...