Vietnam, Japan work together to spot fake goods

08:30 | 03/09/2019 Cooperation

(VEN) - The Japanese government has been coordinating with Vietnamese authorities to intensify the fight against fake goods and intellectual property violations since 2012. Tadashi Kitanaka, deputy head of the Intellectual Property Office under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry discussed the results of these efforts with Vietnam Economic News’ Ngoc Thao.

vietnam japan work together to spot fake goods
Tadashi Kitanaka, deputy head of the Intellectual Property Office under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

How do you assess the fight against fake goods and intellectual property violations in Vietnam?

Vietnamese customs authorities have always focused on promoting intellectual property right (IPR) protection and intensifying the fight against fake goods. These activities have contributed to stabilizing the market economy, developing domestic trade and production and attracting foreign investment. They have been active in protecting the interests of businesses too.

Since 2012, the Japanese government has coordinated with the Vietnamese side to organize activities and disseminate information in order to help the authorities understand the benefits of IPR protection. The two sides have conducted exchanges and discussions on the fight against fake goods and intellectual property violations.

What challenges does the fight against fake goods and intellectual property violations pose?

Fake goods and IPR infringement products are produced at home and abroad, and brought into Vietnam through border gates. The most consumed and favorite products will be fake immediately to deceive consumers.

Determining which goods are fake and which are genuine is a complex task, requiring close coordination between the IPR enforcement authorities and holders. Businesses need to coordinate with authorities to provide relevant information about their products in order to help detect fakes.

vietnam japan work together to spot fake goods

Has the Japanese business community faced difficulties in terms of fake goods and intellectual property violations in Vietnam?

The number of fake goods and IPR infringement products tends to increase in Vietnam. Therefore, it is necessary to exchange information between Japanese companies and Vietnamese authorities to seek appropriate solutions. In addition, due to the limited capacity of Vietnamese customs authorities and market management units, Japanese companies need to provide information about fake goods and IPR infringement on a regular basis for the Vietnamese side, so they can support Japanese companies in protecting their legal rights.

Ngoc Thao