|A customer browses a Vietnamese online shopping site. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Tú|
HÀ NỘI — The establishment of an intellectual property court in Việt
Unlike in foreign countries where the court plays a major role in handling violations of intellectual property rights, Việt Nam’s court system has not asserted its power as strongly on the matter, according to Nguyễn Như Quỳnh, MOST’s deputy chief inspector.
“About 98.4 per cent of the violations in Việt
“There needs be an intellectual property court in Việt
While the prospect of an intellectual property court seems down the road, Quỳnh said that it is essential to have a department within the country’s judicial system specialising in intellectual property.
The practice of electronic commerce (e-commerce) is developing rapidly in Việt
Online platforms play a major role in reinforcing e-commerce, including online shopping sites and social media platforms. A survey done by the market research service Q&Me in 2017 shows that 66 per cent of Facebook users in Việt
Taking advantage of social media platforms – particularly Facebook – to do business makes it harder for inspectors to discover violators of intellectual property rights, she said.
“Several young people are making tonnes of money out of their online businesses without having to have capital, just a few tricks to increase the number of ‘fans’ on their Facebook pages,” she said. “But a lot of them sell fake stuff, which is considered an infringement.”
Stronger punishments are needed to regulate the virtual business environment, she said.
Speaking on domain name disputes, Quỳnh advised that well-known brands, when discovering their domain names have been taken by other businesses, should contact those businesses and warn them of copyright infringement before sending legal documents and asking administrative agencies to get involved.
“A lot of the times when we conducted inspections, the ‘violators’ did not even know they had violated the regulations,” she said.
Speaking at the workshop, Trần Văn Tùng, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, said that the inadequate policy system is the most challenging aspect of intellectual property enforcement in Việt
Apart from well-intentioned firms, many businesses in Việt
“It is of utmost importance to strictly handle infringement and counterfeit acts in the digital environment, otherwise we will discourage innovation,” he said. “Intellectual property enforcement is the core of protecting innovation and strengthening the applications of science and technology to the development of the country.” — VNS