On January 18, 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Vietnam issued Circular No. 01/2018/TT-BYT (Circular 01) on the labeling of pharmaceuticals (referred to hereinafter as “drugs” for brevity). This circular will take effect from June 1, 2018, and will replace the current drug labeling regulations (Circular No. 06/2016/TT-BYT). Circular 01 includes four chapters and 40 articles, providing...

With the benefit of advanced technologies, teams of doctors that are far from a patient’s location can receive information and images relating to the patient’s condition, diagnose the patient’s condition remotely, and prescribe appropriate treatment. This arrangement has tremendous possibilities to help those in developing countries like Vietnam, where the most modern technology and most...

Since the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) introduced its roadmap on simplification of business and investment requirements last September (Decision No. 3610a/QD-BCT dated September 20, 2017), it has been an open question whether the franchise registration requirement would still be applied to foreign franchisors. The language of Decision No. 3610a suggested that the statutory obligation to...

On December 30, 2017, the government of Vietnam issued Decree No. 163/2017/ND-CP (Decree 163) on regulations for doing business in logistics services. Under the provisions of Decree 163, which will come into effect on February 20, 2018, replacing Decree No. 140/2007/ND-CP dated September 5, 2007 (Decree 140), the classification of logistics services will be more aligned with Vietnam’s WTO...

Indonesia’s Directorate General of Intellectual Property issued a notice on December 28, 2017, addressing the revival of null and void patents. The notice allows patent holders, licensees, and intellectual property consultants to revive patents that have lapsed due to non-payment of annuities. It is now possible to revive a lapsed patent by completing payment of annuity fees that were not paid...