MOC on Geographical Indications between NOIP and Japan's Food Industry Affairs Bureau (FIAB) signed

MOC on Geographical Indications between NOIP and Japan's Food Industry Affairs Bureau (FIAB) signed

On 2 June 2017, at NOIP’s Headquarters, Director General Dinh Huu Phi and Mr. Koji Inoue, Director General of the Japan's Food Industry Affairs Bureau (FIAB) signed the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Geographical Indications (GIs).

This is the second MOC in the field of intellectual property that NOIP has ever signed with Japan. Before that, NOIP signed a MOC with and has had a long history of cooperation relation with the Japan Patent Office (JPO). However, the areas of cooperation then did not include GIs as the GIs Act of Japan was not been promulgated until June 2015 when FIAB was assigned to assume the functions of exercising the state administration on GIs.

Under the signed MOC, both Offices will cooperate in 3 areas, i.e: (i) promotion of protection of GIs in both countries (through a project where several GIs products of each country to be selected for registration, provision of information on the examination results of GIs applications, establishment of an electronic database of protected GIs in each country); (ii) exchange of information on policies and legislation on GIs as well as the list of protected GIs in each country; (iii) enhancement of public awareness of GIs (through education and various public awareness programs on GIs, organization of joint exhibitions of GIs products).

It is obvious that the areas of cooperation under MOC are all based on the actual need and internal capacity of each Office. Through the MOC, both Offices will exchange knowledge, experience and examination results of GIs applications, so as to promote the protection and management of GIs, facilitate the exploitation of GIs products and contribute to the economic development of each country.

The working level of NOIP and FIAB will closely collaborate to soon map out and agree upon a plan to implement the signed MOC in the coming time.


The meeting between NOIP and FIAB


Director General Dinh Huu Phi and Director General of FIAB Mr. Koji Inoue signed the MOC on GIs

International Cooperation Division




On 05/07/2017 the National Office of Intellectual Property has issued Decision No.2148 /QĐ-SHTT on granting Geographical indication registration certificate No. 00056 for the famous “Quản Bạ” seedless persimmon. Hà Giang Provincial People’s Committee is the organization in charge of managing this GI.

Quản Bạ is a district of Đồng Văn Plateau Geopark. The name Quản Bạ reminds people of the Quản Bạ twin mountains with kital beauty life and the famous seedless persimmon fruit, the sweet fruit which has become a special product of Hà Giang Province. “Quản Bạ” seedless persimmon has a long history, with persimmon trees of more than 300 years old still in Nghĩa Thuận commune.

In mid-August of to lunar calendar, Quản Bạ persimmon is given as a gift for friends and relatives, or displayed on five-fruit tray in traditional Lunar Moon Festival. This typical culture has created the value as well as reputation of persimmon which are passed on for hundreds of years till today.

Quản Bạ persimmon is round in shape and glossy yellow in color. There are 20 to 25 fruits per kilogram. The fruit is fragrant with favorable sweetness, is crunchy and rich in sugar particulates. Total sugars level is at 10,25 - 20,23 %, Brix level is at 5,30 - 26,50 %, dry matter is at 20,60 - 30,52 %, tanin level is at 0,14 - 0,48 %, Carotene content ranges from 150,58 - 462,00 mg per 100g.

“Quản Bạ” seedless persimmon’s reputation and peculiarity are atttributed to the geographical area which is suitable for the growing of seedless persimmon trees and to the accumulated experience of the people throughout the production process.

The geographical area for growing “Quản Bạ” seedless persimmon has the average altitude of more than 1,000 metre, flat terrain with slopes less than 20o, and thick soil with minimal erosion. Cool climate throughout the year results in high quality, good and stable productivity seedless persimmon. The soil properties of this area is red – yellow ferralitic soils on metamorphosed rock, the soil’s mechanical composition is from medium to high amount of silt, soft soil texture, good potential fertility, relatively high total humus content, and good drainage. Total annual average rainfall ranges from 1.200 to 2.100 mm, total annual heat ranges from 5.000 to 6.500oC, annual average temperature is 14 - 18oC. Temperature amplitude between day and night is 8,6 - 9,5oC which is higher than other areas. Annual average humidity is between 81 - 87%. Thanks to these climatic and soil properties, the geographical area is suitable for growing temperate plants, including seedless persimmon.

The experience and technical know-how of the people growing “Quản Bạ” seedless persimmon also play a significant roles in the ever-growing reputation of the product. In addition to the experience accumulated generations to generations, persimmon producers also learn and apply advanced science and technology in selecting the quality breed and multiplying it, garden designing, planting, fertilizing, watering, trimming, anti-pest techniques as well as methods of removing the acerbity taste and conserving the persimmons for high quality reputable products which are trusted by the consumers.

Geographical area consists of: Tam Sơn town, communes of Nghĩa Thuận, Thanh Vân, Bát Đại Sơn and Quản Bạ of Quản Bạ District, Hà Giang Province.

Geographical Indication and International Trademark Division

Prime Minister approving the program of intellectual property development period 2016-2020





The intellectual property development period 2016-2020 was approved by the Prime Minister under Decision No. 1062 / QD-TTg dated 06/14/2016.

One of the objectives of the training program is to provide professional services for intellectual property around 1000 individuals, focuses on research institutes, universities and businesses. The program also aims to raise the awareness of organizations and individuals on intellectual property in the international economic integration of Vietnam; support exploitation and application in practice for at least 50 patent / utility solutions in Vietnam; support the protection, management and development of intellectual property rights for at least 70 products of local characteristics, products bearing famous villages; assist at least 100 businesses and organizations in science and technology to build and deploy management model and develop intellectual property; support registration of protection of intellectual property rights at home and abroad for national products by the Prime Minister for approval.

To achieve the above objectives, the program will support the design and construction of search engines, information packages specialized intellectual property and support organizations and individuals to access, information extraction facility intellectual property; support the development and implementation of management models and developing intellectual property in enterprises and institutions of science and technology: Organization specialized sections on intellectual property; build and deploy process detection, statistics, evaluation, intellectual property management.

The program also supports the protection registration, management and protection of intellectual property. Accordingly, registration of domestic and international protection for products, services, priority objects are the result of scientific research, flagship product, national product, product designs and varieties new plant; management and development of intellectual property for the product characteristics of local landmarks bearing the protected geographical indications, certification marks, collective marks; implementing measures to protect and improve the efficiency of enforcement activities of intellectual property rights.

At the same time, the program will introduce, promote and implement trade promotion activities other for intellectual property in Vietnam and abroad; support exploitation and enhance the value and competitiveness of products and services are protected intellectual property rights; support the establishment and operation of enterprises and organizations exploit and commercialize the intellectual property ...

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Seminar "Development and transfer of intellectual property"





Date 27/11/2015, Institute of intellectual property in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology City. Ho Chi Minh City held a seminar on "Development and transfer of intellectual assets" under the chairmanship of Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam Tran Thanh, with the participation of the leaders of the Department of Business Nam Ministry of Science and technology, Department of Science and technology City. Ho Chi Minh, the Copyright Bureau, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities Ho Chi Minh City and a team of business leaders, team administrator intellectual property of businesses, organizations scientific and technological organizations and experts in the same field.
Vietnamese Deputy Minister Tran Thanh delivered the opening speech and
Workshop participants and leaders of relevant agencies

Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Deputy Minister Tran Thanh affirmed Vietnam in the context of accession to the Agreement signed trans-Pacific partnership (TPP), should have the scientific evaluation of quantitative and learn residue interstitial nature of the operation shifted the intellectual property of businesses offshore Vietnam. Since then there are changes not only in strategic management, commercialization of intellectual assets in each business but also in the work of planning, policy development, legislation adjustment intellectual property accordingly with the practical situation.

Vietnamese Tran Thanh Deputy Director of the Institute of Science and Intellectual Property Ta Quang Minh awarded Certificate Administrator level intellectual assets Head

The workshop takes place at the ceremony administrator certificate intellectual property for more than 150 turns of trainees by officials of enterprises, universities, research institutes and institutions of science and technology has completely different the level of Senior Manager and Professional administrator intellectual property in 2014. This will be a full-time human resources administrator intellectual property plays an important role in connecting the supply bridge financing transactions intellectual property in science and technology markets.

The trainees received certificates on intellectual property management
Xuan Huong - Institute KHSHTT




Vietnam’s Minister of Science and Technology visited and worked in Lao People’s Democratic Republic




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From December 8 – 10, 2016, in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (DPR), according to the invitation of Laos’ Minister of Science and Technology, the delegation of Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology led by Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh, Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Minister of Science and Technology paid a visit and had working session in Lao DPR.

The purpose of this mission was to review results of S&T cooperation achieved between the two countries over the past time; at the same time exchanged and discussed cooperation plans for the coming time, especially on preparation contents for 2017 - 40th anniversary of signing the Cooperation Friendship Agreement and 55th of establishment of Vietnam – Laos diplomatic relations.


The two Ministers highly appreciated the fact that the two parties have closely coordinated to fully implement key cooperation contents in the S&T field

Discussing about the bilateral relations in the meeting with Laos’ Minister of Science and Technology, the two partied were happy to see cooperation relations in the S&T field between the two counties have been developed more. The two Ministers highly appreciated the two parties have closed coordinated to well implement key cooperation contents in the S&T field mentioned in the Agreement on Cooperation Plan between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Laos in 2016 and actively prepared for cooperation activities for the coming period of 2017 to 2018. The two Ministers agreed that the two parties would continue the implementation focused on key cooperation S&T directions for the period of 2017 to 2018, especially on preparation contents for 2017 - 40th anniversary of signing the Cooperation Friendship Agreement and 55th of establishment of Vietnam – Laos diplomatic relations.

In this visit, in the office of the Prime Minister’s Palace, Prime Minister of Lao DPR Thongloun Sisoulith spent time to meet with the mission. In the meeting, the Prime Minister highly appreciated results of cooperation results between the two Ministries of Science and Technology over the past time. The Prime Minister also proposed the two Ministries to continue sharing experience in the State management of S&T activities.

In addition, the Mission paid a visit and worked in the construction site of the Project on building Laos’ Training Center for S&T managers. This is the Project funded ODA from the Government of Vietnam for the Government of Laos. The Project has the long-term strategy in order to strengthen the S&T infrastructure and human resources for Laos. After the Project is completed, Laos’ Ministry of Science and Technology can actively organize professional training courses to continuously improve the quality and professional knowledge of S&T staff. According to the set progress, the project would be completed and put into operation by the end of 2017.

The two Ministers attended the Inauguration Ceremony of the Research and Development Laboratory of clean technologies

The mission also attended the Inauguration Ceremony of the Research and Development Laboratory of clean technologies. This is a cooperation project funded by Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology to support Laos to set up a laboratory with basic equipment for researches on clean technologies.




Seminar on "Management of intellectual property in enterprises - Japan's experience"





On 16 September 2015, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Science and technology, Vietnam Intellectual Property Research Institute (VIPRI) and the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training of Japan (INPIT) jointly held a Seminar on "Intellectual Property Management of enterprises - Japan's experience".

Deputy Minister Tran Van Tung delivered opening remarks

The seminar was chaired by Mr. Tran Van Tung, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology; Mr. Naoya Oku, Director of Exploitation - Human Resources Development of INPIT, Japan. Delegates were other experts from INPIT, JICA, JETRO and representatives from enterprises, universities and research institutes of Vietnam that owned intellectual assets and / or took intellectual assets management activities, as well as representatives from a number of IP state management agencies.

At the seminar, Mr. Kohno Hideto, introduced some Japanese typical SMEs that effectively exploited their IP, especially patents; conducting patent portfolio and patent transfer; exploiting / using of patents on a global scale; building alliances between Japanese SMEs; some cases of counterfeiting infringement of intellectual property rights ... After that, Dr. Dao Minh Duc presented some initial experiences in IAM  training activities and the IAM organization in some typical enterprises in Vietnam; IAM training programs at different levels for enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City.

Through the presentations, the participants had more aware of the concept, role, significance and the way of to organize IAM activities at their enterprises in order to create, exploit, preserve, protect and develop the intellectual assets’ value in line with their objectives and business strategy. Participants also expressed their concern and real need of attending the IAM training programs that were hosted by the VIPRI for years. Thanks to these programs, they would become the IA managers who give their advice, conduct and implement IAM strategies for enterprises and science - technology agencies.





Workshop on Industrial Design Infringement Determination - Practices in Japan and Vietnam


On 12 January 2017, Vietnam Intellectual Property Research Institute (VIPRI) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) jointly organized the Workshop on “Industrial design infringement determination - practices in Japan and Vietnam” for the purpose of exchanging theoretical and practical experiences of determining the principles, methods and techniques for evaluating the scope of protection, the similarity and the infringement ability between two industrial designs in Japan and Vietnam. Representatives of a number of science - technology institutions, lawyers and experts in the field of industrial design from Japan and Vietnam attended the workshop.
      Mr. Atsushi Iwakiri, Mr. Tomoya Kurokawa, Mr. Masahiro Moriyama (Intellectual property  Lawyer of Panasonic Corporation, Soei Patent Company, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Company) and Mr.Nguyen Huu Can (Deputy Director General, VIPRI) introduced in detail the criteria, the method of determining the basic features; examining, evaluating the technical conditions (prior art) that relevant to granted industrial design; determining the scope of protection of the industrial design; comparing, evaluating the similarity between the two industrial designs ... The practices in Japan (JIPO, Courts) and Vietnam (VIPRI) were clarified through case studies.

Panorama of the Workshop

Ending the seminar, Mr. Ta Quang Minh - Director General of VIPRI and Mr. Motoki Takada – Representative of  JETRO also expressed their desire of further strengthening the  research collaboration and organization of workshops, seminars in order to share experiences not only related to industrial design, but also extended to other subjects of IP right such as patents, trademarks ...
Representatives of JETRO and VIPRI at the Workshop