In recent times, intellectual property (IP) has become more important and “hot”, partly as the extraordinary technological developments, but also partly because of some criticisms that IP may become a possible obstacle to the economic and social development of developing countries. Each new technological advance brings with it new challenges in protecting IP right, ranging from the ease of scanning and reproducing documents into billions versions to the sophistication like musical CDS which can now be easily duplicated from a personal computer.
Therefore, sufficiently and adequately protecting IP rights is crucial to grant accessible rights and disseminating information in a world where expanding technologies have facilitated infringement of protected rights. This calls for the action of all countries to deal with counterfeits.
To help businesses, law firms, State agencies and other relevant units have a systematic knowledge and update information on law and regulation relating to IPR in Vietnam and the world, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), coordinating with international Development Law Organization (IDLO) organized a training course on “Intellectual Property in Practice: How to Protect and Enforce IPR?” in Hanoi from 7th to 11th November, 2011.
This activity is under the program "Business and International Trade Policies" of VCCI, in the framework of EU – Vietnam MUTRAP III (the Multilateral Trade Assistance Project, Phrase III), sponsored by the European Union.
Lectures of the training course are experienced experts on intellectual property of IDLO. The course started with an introduction on the meaning and importance of IP in everyday life. It then briefly introduced the main fields of IP, namely trademarks, patents, industrial design and copyright and related rights.
As trademark matters are the most crucial and widespread issue in developing countries, a lot of time was spent on this area. What are the main characteristics of a trademark ? How can a trademark be registered ? How to make in a strong one ? How to prevent and deal with counterfeits ? All these matters were addressed through practical examples and practice exercises.
About the other three types of IP (industrial designs, copyright and patent), focus was made on the notions, usefulness and the main characteristics of them. All the above were analysed from the aspect of law at both national and international level to the aspect of using and managing in practice.
At the end of the training course, participants were equipped with a lot of informaion and knowledge of IP which are useful for there work. Participants attending fully were awarded a certificate of IDLO. The course also got alot of good comments from participants, especially about the teaching methodology of lecturers, hoping that there will be more training course in IP in the future.
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