Speaking at the "Anti-Counterfeit Goods Day" held on November 29 in Hanoi, Le The Bao, Chairman of the Vietnam Association for Anti-Counterfeiting and Trademark Protection (Vatap) expressed his concerns that trading of counterfeits is exploding around the globe.
According to him, counterfeit goods are shifting from harmless products such as shoes or handbags to pharmaceuticals, pesticides ... threatening consumer health.
Counterfeit goods everywhere
Citing ICC International Chamber of Commerce statistics, Vatap Chairman said that the value of counterfeit goods worldwide in 2015 exceeded $ 1.7 trillion, or 2 percent of global GDP. Recently, according to the ICC's Office of Counterfeit Intelligence, fake goods accounted for 5-7% of total world sales. "The growth rate of counterfeit goods is even in tune with global economy”.
Meanwhile, in Vietnam, the reality of production and trade of counterfeit and fake goods is also a concern for the expert as it can be found everywhere, from ordinary items to high-end ones, from consumer goods to capital goods ... "Is there anything that is not fake? From beer, wine to cosmetics or clothes, not to mention rampant substandard foods" the Vatap leader asked.
“No Fly Zone" Doesn’t Exist in Anti-Counterfeiting
In order to effectively fight against counterfeit goods and infringements in intellectual property area, the first thing for businesses is to protect their trademarks.
Tran Giang Khue, representative of the National Office of Intellectual Property, said that businesses need to protect their intellectual property, which is becoming extremely important in the “4th Revolution”, where intellectual property is highly treasured.
As such, the registration of intellectual property is considered as an effective tool for businesses to be protected by law as well as affirming their reputation in the market.
"Enterprises should pay attention to three rights, namely, the right of use, the right of discretion and the right of exclusion and if infringed, the enterprise should request the State agencies to handle the case," the representative said.
To improve the effectiveness of the fight against counterfeit goods and intellectual property infringements, Mr. Dam Thanh The, Head of the Office of the 389 National Steering Committee, also pointed out that the task of fighting this problem must be carried out on a regular and continuous basis with the functional forces such as customs, police, market management and specialized inspection are the core.
Leader of the National 389 Office further affirmed: "There are absolutely no prohibited areas in this fight" and at the same time requested relevant ministries, industries and local authorities to promote communication activities in order to raise people's awareness and call for people not to collude, support, buy, sell and use counterfeit goods.
(Source: Vietnam Plus)