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Seminar - New Challenges to the IP Enforcement System in Vietnam

When: Monday, September 10, 2018 - 15:00 to 16:45
Venue: School of Law, 55 Armenian Street, Level 2, Seminar room 2.02, Singapore 179943


Since December 1986 when the 6th congress of Vietnam Communist Party promulgated the “Đổi Mới” (Reform or Renovation) policy, which is the most important change of Vietnam political system, crucial achievements have been made in many fields of economic and social bases of Vietnam. In recent years, Vietnam has undertaken to reform its economic system in an attempt to be integrated effectively into the world trading system. In its process of global integration, Vietnam has now joined many international trade and investment treaties and conventions, such as the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP Agreement), which is now changed to Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP or TPP 11) and has been concluded in March 2018. In addition, Vietnam has signed 12 free trade agreements (FTA) and been negotiating 4 other FTAs with its trading partners and international organizations, which set up high standards of IPR protection. All these put Vietnam in front of a host of new challenges in improving the IP legal system in general and the IP enforcement regime in particular.

Against such a background, the lecture aims at dealing with the IP enforcement system in Vietnam, including the administrative measures, civil actions, and criminal procedures. Besides, the lecture will also emphasize the role of the courts in dealing with IP cases, in both first instance and appellate level. In specific, the lecture consists of three parts. First of all, a historical overview of Vietnam IP legal system will be provided to the audience. The second part of the lecture will investigate more deeply the current IP enforcement system in Vietnam by introducing and analyzing applicable IP laws and regulations, by studying some leading cases, as well as by pointing out some shortcomings of the system and the reasons thereof. The final part of the lecture will identify the challenges that Vietnam has to face in future, such as how can she meet the IP standards of FTAs, is there a necessity of establishing a separate court for IP cases in Vietnam, how can Vietnamese businesses more effectively commercialize IP rights, and how to build up future IP human capacities, and what are the ways to enhance and strengthen the efficiency of IP protection and enforcement in Vietnam.



Phan Ngoc Tam attained his Doctor of Laws in International Law and Comparative Law at Law Faculty – Lund University, Sweden in 2011. He had worked as a visiting researcher in many well-known universities and institutes in the world, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), WTO (Geneva, Switzerland), Max Planck Institute (Munich, Germany), and Suffolk University School of Law (Boston, MA, US), etc. Dr. Phan is an expert in various fields of law, such as Private International Law, International Intellectual Property Law, and International Trade/Commercial Law. Besides, Dr. Phan has specialized his researches in intellectual property law in general and trademark law in particular. He joined in many professional seminars and workshops in national and international level as well as published lot of works and articles in legal journals and magazines. Dr. Phan has been working for Ho Chi Minh City University of Law as a senior professor. Besides, he is the Founding and Managing Partner of Tin & Tam Law Firm and one of the founders of the Southern Trade Arbitration Center (STAC) in Vietnam. He has also been invited to deliver lectures in reputed universities and organizations in Vietnam and overseas.



Kung-Chung LIU holds LLB and LLM degree from National Taiwan University and a Doctor of Law degree from the Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet (University of Munich). He was a Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taiwan between 1992/1-2017/1. In 2003, he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore and Visiting Senior Research Fellow for the IP Academy of Singapore. Professor Liu has served as one of the founding Commissioners of the National Communications Commission in Taiwan between 2006 and 2007. In 2014/4-15/7, he was a Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, and the Founding Director of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA). He is currently the Director of ARCIALA. In addition, Professor Liu has been co-appointed Professor of the Renmin University, China (2017), and of the Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (since 2010).



2.45pm - Registration

3.00pm – Seminar by Dr. Phan

4.30pm – Q & A

4.45pm -  End of Event

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Last updated on 03 Aug 2018 .