Intellectual property rights when trading in Vietnam

Ten top tips for IP protection in Vietnam

Vietnam's intellectual property (IP) legislation is broad, covering every aspect of IP protection in keeping with the international standards.

However, enforcing your rights in Vietnam is not always straightforward and problems can arise. The most important way to avoid them is to be prepared. The following steps can help you to anticipate potential IP issues in the country:

1. Research Vietnamese IP rights and legal framework. Look for information online or in different publications. You can also read about it here - intellectual property systems in Vietnam.

2. Take advice from Vietnamese IP rights experts, such as the National Office of Intellectual Property and the Copyright Office of Vietnam.

3. Carry out risk assessment and due diligence checks on the market, as well as any organisations and individuals you deal with.

4. Consult agents, distributors and suppliers on how best to safeguard your rights.

5. Check with trade mark or patent attorneys to see if there have been previous registrations of your own marks, or other IP, in Vietnam.

6. Register your IP rights either directly in the country or through the international application systems. Find out about registering intellectual property in Vietnam.

7. Do as much as you can to prevent infringements of your IP rights in the first place. If you face infringement, read about enforcing intellectual property rights in Vietnam.

8. Stick to familiar business methods. Don't be tempted to do things differently because you're trading in a different country.

9. Take professional advice from other experts. This can include lawyers, local diplomatic posts, Chamber of Commerce and the British Business Group in Vietnam.

10. Talk to other businesses already doing similar business in Vietnam.

For more advice, you can also see intellectual property help in Vietnam.