On Monday 11 December the senior management of the Intellectual Property Office of Viet Nam (IP Viet Nam) visited the premises of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, Spain. During the visit, the renewal of the bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed and exchanges took place on the latest developments and activities and future priorities of both offices. The go-live of the integration of IP Viet Nam trade mark data into TMview was also announced. During the rest of the visit, technical meetings were held with various EUIPO departments.
The visit began with a high-level meeting between João Negrão, Executive Director of the EUIPO, and Luu Hoang Long, newly appointed Director General of the Viet Nam IP Office, to sign the renewal of the bilateral MoU. The new MoU aims to strengthen cooperation in the areas of trade marks, designs, IT tools, and other initiatives in pursuit of our common goal of improving our respective IP systems, and providing innovative and high-value services to our users, especially in the digital economy.
This was followed by the announcement of the go-live of the integration of more than 745 000 trade marks from IP Viet Nam into the EUIPO flagship TMview tool. The visit continued with presentations on the state of cooperation between the two parties in the context of EU-Funded external actions and the bilateral framework. The visit also included presentations on new technologies for the benefit of IP offices by the Digital Transformation Department, on the criteria for determining bad faith in trade mark applications to the EUIPO by the Legal Department, and an overview of the latest trends and figures from the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.
On Tuesday 12 December, the official visit of the Viet Nam IP Office to Spain concluded with a study visit to the premises of Bodegas Luzon, a winery of the Jumilla Denomination of Origin, a Spanish D.O.P committed to sustainable wine-making processes and techniques aimed at respecting biodiversity. The aim of the visit was to learn about the benefits of geographical indications as an important tool for socio-economic development in general and the winery’s experience in registering a trade mark with the EUIPO in particular.