HA NOI — Binh Thuan dragon fruit had received a Certificate of Trademark from the United States Patent and Trademarks Office, said Chairman of Binh Thuan Dragon Fruit Association Bui Dang Hung.
The certified trademark included the words "Binh Thuan" and "Dragon fruit", and the fruit's image. According to US Trademark Law, the certificate would be valid for ten years, starting from the application date on December 14, 2009, and could be extended ten years at a time. Hung said that in the context of continued intellectual property disputes, the trademark protection to Binh Thuan dragon fruit in the US had an important meaning, contributing to gaining a foothold in this market as well as protecting the interests of consumers in the country.
Entrepreneurial culture in focus
HA NOI — More than 1,000 people attended a club on entrepreneurial culture, which made its debut here last Saturday.
"The club is expected to create a forum for members to share experiences in building their business, promoting management capacity and developing trademarks," said head of the club Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa. She said it would also help members advertise products and services and seek new domestic and international trade partners via a series of conferences.
Vinaconex signs deal with US fund
HA NOI — Vinaconex Investment and Tourism Development Joint Stock Company (Vinaconex-ITC) has signed a strategic partnership with Dr John William Snow, chairman of Cerberus Capital Management Firm, a leading American investment fund.
Dr Snow will help the company invest, introduce investors into the company's Cat Ba Amatina Project in northern Hai Phong port city and seek opportunities to invest in other real estate projects in Viet Nam. The project is about ecological tourism that combines a modern urban quarter with a luxurious marina.
Dung Quat to get power plant
QUANG NGAI – Singapore's Sembcorp Utilities will study developing a 1,200 megawatt, coal-fired power plant in central coastal Quang Ngai Province's Dung Quat Economic Zone (EZ). The company recently signed an agreement to build the plant with the Quang Ngai People's Committee.
The EZ management board forecasts that the EZ will need 1.663 megawatts of electricity in 2020 for an oil refinery, shipbuilding and steel plants and other large projects.
Property firm offers gifts to poor
HA NOI — Gamuda Land Viet Nam LLC has donated 200 Tet gifts and cash to poor blood cancer patients in Bach Mai Hospital.
Gamuda Land owns Yen So Park in the south of Ha Noi. This will include an integrated township, a world-class urban park and the biggest and most modern sewage treatment plant in Viet Nam.
VINAFIS hands out seafood awards
HCM CITY – Viet Nam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS) has awarded a gold award to 82 individuals and groups for significant achievements in fishing, aquaculture, export processing, logistic services, and fisheries training and research.
Of the 82 recipients, the 10 deemed most excellent were given certificates of merit by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The award was based on economic and social efficiency and environmental protection criteria, said Nguyen Viet Thang, VINAFIS chairman.
Petrolimex introduces own brand
HA NOI — The Viet Nam National Petroleum Corporation (Petrolimex) has officially introduced the Petrolimex brand.
Previously, the Prime Minister approved the corporation equitisation on May 31, 2011, under Decision 828/QD-TTg. Accordingly, Petrolimex operates mainly in petrol business and other supporting services with charter capital of VND10.7 trillion (US$509.52 million). — VNS