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Geographic trademark protection on the way

Update: November, 17/2005 - 00:00

Domestic Press Highlights

(17-11-2005)

Geographic trademark protection on the way

Viet Nam is considering GI protection for 150 products over the next 10 years, heard a seminar on the topic by the EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Co-operation Programme (ECAP II) and the National Office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam on Tuesday.

A GI, or geographic indications protection scheme, links products with their regions of origin, verifying growing conditions and quality of product.

The products include Thanh Ha lychee from Hai Duong Province, Lai Vung mandarin oranges from Dong Thap Province, and Hoa Loc mangoes from Tien Giang Province.

Viet Nam has only two products with official GI recognition, Phu Quoc fish sauce and Moc Chau tea.

Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)

Bear rescue centre to be established

The Forest Protection Department will establish Viet Nam’s first bear rescue centre in the North next year, the department reported on Tuesday.

Under a department project, 2,000 domestic bears in the North have been implanted with tracking chips since June 2004. By the end of this year, all domestic bears nationwide will be implanted with the chips.

Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)

Twenty products honoured for food safety

Twenty locally made items have won the Quality and Safety Food Awards 2005 organised by the HCM City Food and Foodstuff Association and Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon (Saigon Economic Times newspaper) of Saigon Times Group.

The winning products include Hai Tay Nguyen can wine, Sapuwa bottled drinking water, Nine Star powdered coffee, and Mavi fish sauce.

The selection was based on four criteria – quality and safety, creativeness and renovation, packaging and labelling, and social and economic efficiency.

The Saigon Times Daily

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