Nam wins innovator prizes
HA NOI — Tan Hiep Phat
Trade Service Ltd Co was the only Vietnamese enterprise to win a World
Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) 2008 prize last week.
The drinks company
produces Number One green tea, Laser and Dr Thanh herbal tea.
Established in 1994, Tan
Hiep Phat was the first Vietnamese manufacturer of bottled green tea in 2006 and
recently invested US$20 million in a bottled herbal tea factory.
Director Tran Uyen Phuong
said the company had diversified its products into bottled green tea and energy
drinks to differentiate it from soft drinks made by Coca Cola and Pepsi.
An individual WIPO prize
was also awarded to Dr Pham Hong Quang from the Automatic Controlling Software
Joint Stock Co for his work in mechanics and automation.
Meanwhile, Le Thi Thanh
Binh from the HCM City Agro-Forestry University took the top WIPO prize for
women in applied biology.
Students Nguyen Hong
Phuong, Phan Anh Dung and Ngo Duc Thuan from Ha Noi University of Technology won
the WIPO prize for their invention that identifies Vietnamese language spelling
During the awards
ceremony, the Viet Nam Fund for Supporting Scientific and Technological
Creations (VIFOTEC) also honoured 35 winners of its 2008 competition for
Speaking at the ceremony,
Professor To Huy Rua, Politburo member, secretary of the Party Central Committee
and head of its Commission for Popularisation and Education commended the
winning scientists and entrepreneurs for their achievements locally and abroad.
He also hailed the
important contributions made by the Viet Nam Union of Scientific Technological
Associations over the past 14 years in encouraging research and development.
In all, there were two
VIFOTEC first prizes, eight second prizes, 12 third prizes and 13 consolation
prizes covering six categories: mechanics and automation; materials technology;
information technology, electronics and telecommunications; applied biology;
technology for environmental protection and rational use of natural resources;
and energy technology.
The Prime Minister also
awarded certificates of merit to eight individuals and groups for winning top
prizes at last year’s technological creation competition in South Korea.
The World Intellectual
Property Organisation, which is based in Geneva, is an agency of the United
Nations and was established in 1967. It is dedicated to developing a balanced
and accessible international intellectual property system, which rewards
creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while
safeguarding the public interest. — VNS