IP rights decisive to businesses’ successes: workshop
Updated : Friday, April 20, 2018 9:27 AM (GMT+0700)

Intellectualproperty (IP) rights and science-technology should be a priority of businessesamidst the fourth industrial revolution, as they are key factors for success,heard a workshop in Hanoi on April 18. 

At the workshop - Source: dantri.com.vn

Improving awareness of IPrights will help businesses protect their tangible and intangible assets,improve their competitiveness and integrate into the global economy, delegatesat the workshop said. 

The delegates noted thecurrent limited awareness of businesses about IP rights and the rights ofauthors. 

Tran Van Minh, deputy chiefinspector of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said his ministry hasworked with central and grassroots agencies to conduct inspections ofviolations of the rights of authors and other relevant rights annually. 

The investigations revealedthat in 2017, 54 businesses copied software programmes without permission, with1.65 billion VND (72,600 USD) in administrative fines doled out. 

Since the beginning of thisyear, software inspections were conducted at 24 businesses, with 750 millionVND (33,000 USD) worth of fines imposed, said the official. 

A 2016 survey of the BusinessSoftware Alliance found that in Vietnam, 78 percent of software installed oncomputers was not properly licensed. 

The spread of violations hasharmed the rights and interests of owners and affected creative activities,national socio-economic-cultural development and the country’s internationaleconomic integration.

Given this, Minh stressed itis time for corporate leaders to review the use of software in their businessesand take action to avoid great losses of prestige and finance. 

Hoang Quang Phong, ViceChairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Vietnam hascompleted legal frameworks and created a full legal corridor to help businessesand people exercise their rights and obligations. 

He cited the issuance of theLaw on Intellectual Property in 2005 and the law amending and supplementing theLaw on Intellectual Property in 2009 to clarify his views. 

IP rights have also beenprescribed in the Criminal Code and Civil Code, he added. 

Le Ngoc Lam, deputy head ofthe National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam, said protecting IPrights, including via criminal prosecution, is an important part ofnew-generation free trade agreements and a concern of developmentpartners. 

He suggested statemanagement agencies and businesses seek ways to protect and implement IPrights.


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