Tuesday, January 16, 2018

World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2017 Innovation – Improving Lives

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

This year, we’ll explore how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress. We’ll look at how the intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas, and ensuring that their new knowledge is freely available so that tomorrow’s innovators can build on today’s new technology.

Every day, ordinary people are producing extraordinary new things to change the world for the better.

Their innovations take myriad forms, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous: A billboard in Peru that harvests water from the air, supplying the local community with clean drinking water; a 3D-printer at an American university that regenerates damaged human tissue; a mobile money transfer and microfinancing service from Kenya, renewable energy solutions that power fridges in rural India; a graphene battery from China that charges a mobile phone in minutes; cutting-edge assistive technologies from the Russian Federation to help people with disabilities perform everyday tasks.
Problems to progress

From new medicines and materials to improved crop varieties and communications, innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable.

Innovation is a human force that knows no limits. It turns problems into progress. It pushes the boundaries of possibility, creating unprecedented new capabilities.

World Intellectual Property Day 2017 celebrates that creative force. We’ll explore how some of the world’s most extraordinary innovations have improved our lives; and how new ideas are helping tackle shared global challenges, such as climate change, health, poverty and the need to feed an ever-expanding population.

We’ll look at how the intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas, and ensuring that their new knowledge is freely available so that tomorrow’s innovators can build on today’s new technology.
Your turn

Which innovation has most improved your life? What more can be done to make sure new technologies reach the people who need them?  What do you think should be the priorities for future innovation?

Join the conversation: #worldipday

Source vipri.gov.vn

All needed information about Laos Trademarks

There is necessary information that related to Laos Trademarks that you need to know when wanting to have an application file in Laos.

Some information in short about Laos Trademarks

The legislations will be based on the Prime Minister’s Decree on Trademarks. No 06/PM. These legislations were established in 1995 and have been used until now. The trademark is like a sign which is used to indicate the connection between the ones who have rights to use the sign as well as all their products and services. Those signs can be the names, words, letter, numbers, logos, slogans, or all above factors that are combined.

The trade mark must fit into these following elements. The trademark must be distinctive from others. It cannot be generic or be similar to the previous trademark. The geographic name or sur name aren’t accepted. The signs mustn’t be scandalous, confusing, deceptive or offensive. Moreover, the signs must not include directly to the character or the products/services’ nature.


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Since 1998, Laos has become a member of the Paris Convention. All the applications from the convention countries would be subject to Laos in the right priority date. After 6 months from the first application is summited, the priority application will be done. The priority applications can be applied as the rule of “First to File”. The trademark effect will be lasted for 10 years, after that it can be renewed for each of 10 years.

The procedures in making Laos trademarks

There are 3 steps that applicants need to follow to make the applications for Laos trademark.

  • Application: The application is required to filed to the registers of patents during 12 months from the date of priority.
  • Substantive Examination: It takes about a half of a year from the publication foe the substantive examination to be finished.
  • Registration: At least 2 months will be the time of the registration duration. Since the date of application, the registration will be effective.


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Necessary documents for the application of Laos trademarks

  • The application form is the most important document that cannot be missed
  • The power from the Attorney
  • 20 copies of the mark
  • The list of products or services. The list needs to base on the Nice International Classification
  • The applicant’s full name, nationality and the registered address
  • For those marks that don’t include English words, the transliteration or translation need to be applied

Việt Nam makes Intellectual Property headway

The infographic of 2017 Overall Scores- VNS

Việt Nam is ranked 37th among 45 countries in the latest Intellectual Property (IP) Index report compiled by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Centre.

The report, released for the fifth consecutive year, ranks the United States first and Venezuela last.

Its latest ranking puts Việt Nam ahead of countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, India and Egypt, but behind the Philippines. It also marks an approximately four per cent increase in its overall score to 30 per cent (10.34 out of 35) from 26 per cent (7.83 out of 30) last year.

“This year’s index, namely ‘The Roots of Innovation’, recognises the indispensable role of intellectual property (IP) in facilitating innovative and creative activity on a socially transformative scale,” said Patrick Kilbride, Executive Director for the Global Intellectual Property Center, at the launch of Việt Nam IP Index by AmCham in Hà Nội on Friday.

The 2017 Index benchmarks the IP standards in 45 global economies, representing roughly 90 per cent of global GDP, Kilbride said, adding that economies are scored against six categories of IP protection: patents; copyrights; trademarks; trade secrets; market access; and enforcement and ratification of international treaties.

Thomas Treutler, Chairman of Amcham’s IT, Telecom and IPR Committee, said the increase in Việt Nam’s score this year can be attributed to the country signing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal and improvements in industrial design protection and the ability to commercialise IP protection.

“Over the last few years, Việt Nam has shown strong improvement in the IP sector. The market management authorities and the police seem to be much more active, as evidenced by the fact that hundreds of thousands of counterfeit goods were seized last year,” Treutler said.

He added that in many cases, the operation of businesses producing counterfeit goods had been suspended, which showed the government’s efforts to protect the IP rights of the honest enterprises.

However, although 2016 saw greater government focus on IP, overall efforts remain limited relative to the scale of the challenges, and tend to occur on a case-by-case basis rather than on a large scale, Truetler said.

According to this year’s report, Việt Nam’s improvements in the IP sector include putting a basic IP framework in place, particularly for trademark protection, better protection of domain names and action against confusingly similar marks for dissimilar goods.

The report also mentioned some limitations, like inadequate protection of life sciences patents, challenging enforcement environment, gaps in copyright protection, including lack of measures to address online infringements and very high physical counterfeiting rates and rampant online infringement.

Enforcement is still poor, insufficient penalties are levied and administrative inaction still occurs, according to the report.

The Global Intellectual Property Center says it works around the world to champion intellectual property rights as vital to creating jobs, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

The US Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. — VNS

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