Intellectual property rights when trading in Vietnam

Intellectual property systems in Vietnam

Intellectual property (IP) system in Vietnam is comparatively strong and similar to the systems of the more developed countries across the world. As a member nation of the World Trade Organization, Vietnam has had to meet minimum standards of IP protection in their national laws.

This means that if you are doing business with Vietnam, you will find some similarity between local IP law, and that in force in the UK.

National IP laws in Vietnam

Laws governing issues relating to IP rights in Vietnam include:

  • the 2005 Law on IP Rights, supplemented and amended in 2009
  • the 2004 Law on Competition
  • the 2005 Civil Code

Firmer sanctions for violation of IP rights and further changes to IP rights regulations in the country came into force in September 2010.

See the full list of IP-related national laws and legislation in Vietnam.

International IP conventions and agreements in Vietnam

Vietnam is a signatory of several relevant bilateral trade and partnership agreements with a number of countries, including the USA.

Vietnam also participates in a number of international IP rights conventions and treaties, including:

  • the Paris Convention - for the protection of industrial property, including patents, trade marks, industrial designs, trade names, etc
  • the Berne Convention – for the protection of copyright in literary and artistic works
  • the Madrid Protocol – for the protection of trade marks in multiple countries through a single international application
  • the Rome Convention – for the protection of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organisations
  • the Patent Cooperation Treaty – for the protection of patents in multiple countries through a single international application

Vietnam is not a signatory to the Hague Agreement.

See the full list of Vietnam's participation in international IP treaties.