An overview of the 45th meeting of the Intellectual Property Experts Group (Source: VNA)

HCM City
– Vietnam will work harder to raise public awareness of e-filing system
in intellectual property (IP) registration, which has been put into place
earlier this year by the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam
(NOIP), said Le Ngoc Lam, NOIP deputy head.

The system benefits
both file submitters and IP agencies, Lam told Vietnam News Agency reporters on
the sidelines of the 45th meeting of the Intellectual Property Experts Group (IPEG)
in Ho Chi Minh City on August 22.

To intensify the e-filing system, it is necessary to ensure smooth procedures
and IP agencies should make thorough preparations in order to deal with piles
of dossiers, the official noted.

This is also one of
the two initiatives presented by Vietnam at the IPEG meeting, together with the
country’s joining of The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration
of Industrial Designs in the coming time, Lam said.

agreement could be useful for Vietnamese enterprises which want to register for
IP rights in other countries, the official said, noting that Vietnam is making
all-out efforts to ensure that the country can engage in the document without
having to amend relevant domestic laws.

some articles of Vietnam’s Law on Intellectual Property, which has been put
into operation for ten years, have not matched The Hague Agreement, Vietnam
needs to raise their own voice in this regard.


an e-environment which should be strong enough to accelerate Vietnam’s
participation in the agreement remains a big challenge to the country,
especially in the context of the poor domestic information infrastructure, Lam

Takashi Koyama,
Director of Intellectual Property Affairs Division at Japan’s Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, told VNA reporters that Japan has cooperated with Vietnam in
terms of developing the e-filing system, which, he said, is very beneficial to
users, including Japanese companies.

He said the system helps reduce written requirements or documents, and
time of examinations and trademark publication, he said, adding that
stakeholders can easily obtain the right to make use of this in Vietnam so that
they can invest in the country.  

Japan can cooperate with Vietnamese agencies to enhance
public awareness of IP rights by adopting several measures upon their request,
the official said.

“Recently our
Government focuses on education, not only the university level but also
elemental school and high school or junior high-school level,” he said, adding
that the move aims to equip students with knowledge about IP.

The ongoing 45th meeting of IPEG creates a venue for APEC member
economies to exchange information and experience in the IP sector.

The delegates discussed enhancing the IP system in remote areas of APEC
economies, promoting the use of the trademark registration system through
technology and simplification, examining the gender gap in IP to improve
outcomes for women, and enhancing access to the IP system for small and
medium-sized enterprises, among others.

They highlighted practical cooperation in this field between the APEC
member economies.-VNA