09:27 | 23/08/2017 Science - Technology
Vietnam and Mexico have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on geographical indications (GIs) protection, aimed at strengthening their cooperation and mutual understanding of the geographical indicative system and assisting the protection of each party's GIs in order to improve their quality and effectiveness.
The signing of the MoU was held between the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), in Hanoi on August 21.
According to the Head of NOIP Dinh Huu Phi, Vietnam has protected 56 GIs, including 50 domestic and six GIs of foreign countries.
To date, Vietnam has 54 trademarks protected in Mexico; during 2016-2017 alone, the number of Vietnamese trademarks applying for Mexican protection increased by 25%. In Vietnam, between 2010 and 2017, there have been 83 trademark applications, five industrial designs and eight patents by Mexico protected in Vietnam.
GIs, including titles of origin, are the object of great concern to local governments and society as a whole, in addition to being a strength to be exploited for economic development of the two countries, Phi said.
He also urged the two agencies to actively cooperate and develop specific projects within the MoU framework to maximise the potential for cooperation in this important area, in turn meeting the requirements for the development of trade and economic relations between Vietnam and Mexico.
Derived from the actual needs and internal capabilities of each agency, through the MoU both sides will share knowledge, experience and the results of professional work, while promoting the protection and management of GIs and creating favourable conditions for the commercial exploitation of products bearing GIs in order to contribute to the economic development in each nation.
The signing of the MoU is also expected to facilitate the institutionalisation of the cooperation between NOIP and IMPI, promote the protection of GIs in each country, whilst providing an opportunity for accessing products with GIs for the people of both Vietnam and Mexico.
Head of the IMPI, Miguel Ángel Margáin, expressed his wish that Mexico's GIs products could reach Vietnamese consumers, while ensuring the legal basis for production and business activities of GIs products in each country against acts of misuse, trade fraud and the infringement of industrial property rights.
Under the document, the two sides will promote cooperation on exchange of experience, practice and knowledge on raising public awareness, as well as enterprises and training institutions, on GIs; promote expert exchange to train human resources on GIs and other related fields; and facilitate experience and knowledge exchange on the dissemination and advocacy for enterprises, including small and medium enterprises, through the participation in programmes and events within the field.
In addition, both sides will also coordinate in providing training for users of local GIs and the business community of each party and promote cooperation in the process of GIs registration in accordance with the regulations of each side.