Five Things Countries Can Do to Enhance IPR Protection and Enforcement

On Oct 13, 2010 Peter Fowler, US Patent and Trademark Office Senior Counsel for Enforcement and Acting Deputy Administrator for External Affairs, met with AmCham’s Legal Committee while in Vietnam to attend the ASEAN Working Group on IP Cooperation meeting in Da Nang, and to conduct a roundtable discussion in HCM City at Department of Science and Technology with the enforcement staff from Program 168 member agencies (Department of Planning & Investment, Department of Trade and Industry, Market Management Board, Economic Police, Inspectorate, Customs Department etc).

Mr. Fowler provided an update and outlook on current and future IPR issues in Vietnam, including the IP Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement.

In addition, he highlighted “Five Things Countries Can Do to Enhance IPR Enforcement Regimes,” which would address the commercial centers of retail piracy and counterfeiting in such countries as China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, where organized criminal activity migrates to those markets where laws either fail to expressly address the problem or where there is weak enforcement.

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