On June 19, 2020, Minister of Science and Technology (MoST) Chu Ngọc Anh came to work with the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) and listened to Mr. Dinh Huu Phi, Director General of NOIP to report on the NOIP’s performance in the past year and discuss about solutions to improve IP performance in the future. Attending the meeting were representatives of functional units and key officials of the MoST and the NOIP.
According to DG Dinh Huu Phi, thanks to the synchronous application of solutions, the number of applications processed in 2019 increased by 51.7% compared to 2018, of which, domestic trademarks and patents increased by 67% and by 48,7% respectively. The number of industrial property protection titles granted in 2019 increased by over 40% compared to 2018. Although being affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, the number of applications processed in the first 5 months of 2020 reached 26,036 (an increase of 0.6% over the same period in 2019); the number of industrial property protection titles granted increased by 18.1%, of which the number of patents increased by 56.7%.
In the period of 2010-2020 the NOIP, through the National Program of IP Development, has supported the IP protection for 118 key products of localities; advised and help set up 63 collective organizations to control and manage the protected products; gave trainings on IP protection for 47,000 turns of people; supported 5,000 broadcasts in connection to IP protection on central and local television channels and assissted in obtaining 50 domestic patents for Vietnamese inventors etc.
Regarding international relations, the NOIP has actively taken part in the international forums and organizations of which cooperation contents includes IP matters such as APEC, ASEAN, WTO and WIPO and in the negotiation of IP obligations of the FTAs to which Vietnam is a member such as CPTPP, EVFTA ... So far, the NOIP has a close cooperation with WIPO, the IP Offices of ASEAN countries and has established IP cooperation agreements with IP offices of the five standing countries of the United Nations Security Council and the Group of the world's five largest IP agencies (USA, EU, China, Japan and South Korea), as well as with those of traditional partner countries such as Russia, France, Laos, Cuba ... and all countries in ASEAN. In particular, Vietnam was elected to the position of President of the General Assembly of WIPO for the term of 2018-2019 and holds the position of Chairman of the ASEAN IP Cooperation Working Group.
Speaking at the meeting MoST Minister Chu Ngoc Anh acknowledged and appreciated the NOIP’s efforts and achievements, especially in presiding over preparing the drafting the IP Strategy until 2030 submitted to the Government for approval. The Minister asked the NOIP urgently to implement the action plans of the amendment of IP Law, the implementation of the IP Strategy until 2030, as well as to continue to research and apply feasible measures to shorten the time of handling application for IP registration./.