Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has just released Circular No.39/2018/TT-BCT (“Circular 39”) providing guidance on the procedures for inspection and verification of origin of exported goods before and after the issuance of certificates of origin (C/O). Circular 39 will come into effect on December 14 and includes two forms of examination, examination of dossiers, and on-site...

According to the 2018 Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index, which measures the capacity of countries to participate in the international trade system in a way that supports sustainable development, Vietnam ranked ninth in 2018, up two places from 2016. The study was released by a non-profit foundation Hinrich foundation and the research firm The Economist Intelligence Unit and includes 19...

Vietnam recently issued Decree No.119/2018/ND-CP (“Decree 119”) on the use of electronic invoices (e-invoices) for the sale of goods and services. Through Decree 119 which will be in effect from November 1, 2018, the government is aiming that at least 90 percent of the firms will use e-invoices by 2020.  Types of e-invoices There are two types of e-invoices, one with the tax authority’s...

LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer lost the final round in a lengthy patent battle in Britain on Wednesday after the country's highest court ruled against it in a case involving its $5 billion-a-year pain drug Lyrica, exposing the company to possible financial claims. The Supreme Court decision is a blow for the U.S. drugmaker -- which had sought to affirm a secondary medical use patent for the...

In the US, trademarks are registered with the federal government at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). However, not all registrations are automatically granted. Sometimes a trademark registration is refused for a particular reason. One of the most common reasons that a trademark registration is rejected by the USPTO is that there is a likelihood of confusion between the...