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...

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...

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...