In cooperation with INTA, on December 3, 2015, the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) organized a seminar on “The Protection of Famous and Well-Known Trademarks – The Actual Situation and Toward Solutions” in Hanoi. The seminar was also the kick-off event for the Well-Known Trademarks Project, which was carried out under the INTA-MOST memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on March 24, 2015. More than 100 government authorities, representatives of industry (owners of well-known trademarks) and IP practitioners attended the event.
At the seminar, representatives of the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) and the various other stakeholders discussed three main topics: (i) obstacles in the protection and enforcement of well-known trademarks; (ii) sharing of experiences in protection and enforcement related to well-known trademarks; and (iii) solutions to improve the legal system and reduce obstacles in the protection and enforcement of well-known trademarks.
The discussion reviewed the standards for determining well-known trademarks and widely used trademarks and discussed which consumer segments are relevant when querying whether a mark is well-known. There was also a discussion of whether or not a registry of well-known trademarks should be established, and if so, whether it should be updated or held static.
Dr. Nguyen Nhu Quynh, Deputy Chief Inspectorate of MOST commented: “This first seminar in the joint INTA-MOST project brought forth many excellent initial views on how to improve the protection and enforcement of well-known trademarks in Vietnam, and the joint MOST-INTA project is a good forum for holders of well-known trademarks to provide input on suggestions to improve the system.”
Speakers also introduced a comparative perspective on the systems for protecting well-known trademarks in some other regions, including the United States, Europe, Malaysia and Singapore.
Thomas Treutler, of Tilleke & Gibbins in Vietnam, who serves as Chair of the INTA East Asia & Pacific Famous and Well-Known Trademarks Subcommittee noted: “It is expected that Vietnam will amend its IP Law in 2017, so this joint INTA-MOST project is a well-timed opportunity to refine the law to better protect well-known trademarks.”