14:04 | 09/06/2015 Science - Technology
(VEN) - Addressing a closing ceremony on a one-month campaign marking the World Intellectual Property Day organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Business Software Alliance (BSA), representatives said that the government, ministries, departments, localities and the whole society have made great efforts in the fight against intellectual property right violations.
Ministry of Science and Technology Deputy Chief Inspector Pham Van Toan said that propaganda and education activities to enhance the role and responsibility of management state agencies and protection and enforcement agencies of intellectual property rights have been strengthened in recent times.
Ministry of Science and Technology inspectors cooperated with authorities to examine and handle 11 units and inpiduals with signs of having violated industrial property rights, and then conducted administrative penalties for them with total fines of VND254 million in April.
The Ministry of Science and Technology also chaired a closing ceremony on the action program against violations of intellectual property rights during the 2012-2015 period. According to summary results, inspectors in all sectors received 18,329 cases having signs of violations of intellectual property rights and counterfeit production and trading, handled 18,209 cases and penalized 18,034 cases with total fines of more than VND73 billion and prosecuted 120 cases.
“Ministries, departments and management agencies have made great efforts in the fight against intellectual property right violations,” Pham Van Toan said.
Dependence on businesses
BSA Senior Director of Compliance Program in the Asia Pacific region Roland Chan said that the rate of software copyright violations in Vietnam remained high, at around 81 percent in 2013.
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Deputy Chief Inspector Tran Van Minh said that this rate had reached 98 percent a decade ago and this figure cannot be used to assess the results of enforcement of intellectual property rights in Vietnam as the number of computers and internet users remained low 10 years ago. A strong increase in the number of computers and internet users in recent times have led to a rapid growth of installed software on computers.
“A computer may install lots of software. Therefore, a reduction from 98 percent to 81 percent is seen a major step forward in efforts to fight against violations of intellectual property rights,” Tran Van Minh said.
Roland Chan recommended that businesses need to decide whether they use non-copyrighted software as it will directly affect security of their computer system. In addition to obeying the law in terms of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, businesses have to pay special attention to computer security and safety./.
By Hoang Chau