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International integration and renewing mechanism of implementing and protecting intellectual property rights in Vietnam
22/3/2007 14:32' Send Print

According to the assessment of important economic partners, Vietnam has rendered great efforts in building and improving the legal system on intellectual property rights. But the implementation of these rights requires a clear and suitable roadmap and solution. The protection of intellectual property in international trade will, on the one hand, facilitate the adoption of more effective international protection mechanism, and on the other hand cause a lot of pressure and challenges for low-technological countries which are integrating into both regional and global economies and due to implement international commitments in protecting intellectual property. Up to now, Vietnam has joined these important agreements and signed bilateral protection agreements of intellectual property rights and the Paris Convention. The legal system of Vietnam on the protection and implementation of intellectual property rights has been improved. Some other multilateral agreements have already been signed and others will be signed in the future: the Berne Agreement on the protection of literature, art and scientific works (2004); the Paris Convention on the protection of industrial property rights (1949); the Rome Convention on the protection of performers, producers of recorded items, broadcasting organizations; the Madrid Agreement on the international registration of trademark (October 2006); the Patent Cooperation Agreement (PCT) (1993); the Lahay Agreement on international registration of industrial designs; the Budapest Convention on international recognition on the deposit of microorganism; international convention on the protection of new plant varieties (UPOV); the Washington Convention on intellectual property of integrated circuits; the Trade Agreement on intellectual property rights (TRIPS) of the WTO; the Convention on the establishment of the world intellectual property organization (WIPO) which Vietnam joined this organization in 1976. With regard to the effectiveness, the system of protecting intellectual property rights in Vietnam needs further improvements. The renovation of organization, mechanism and methods to implement the protection of intellectual property in Vietnam should be addressed on the objective analysis of the current system of protecting intellectual property, experiences and lessons learnt, advantages and disadvantages. Based on these analysis, solutions to improve the mechanism of implementing intellectual property and protection of intellectual property rights in Vietnam should be sought and implemented.

Le Xuan Thao