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.
Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
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.
Lao Dong (The Labourer)
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.
Saigon Times Daily