Vietnam and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed an agreement on patent promotion and protection, laying the foundation for their bilateral cooperation framework in the 2006-08 periods.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked by EPO President Alain Pompidou and Director General of the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) Pham Dinh Chuong in a ceremony held in Hanoi Monday, July 31, 2006.
The MoU details four main areas of cooperation, including intellectual property awareness, training and development of human resources, patent procedure development and administration, and the promotion of patent information exchange.
Addressing the signing ceremony, EPO President Pompidou said the Munich-based agency wants to help Vietnam strengthen the capacity of its industrial property system and facilitate the nation to integrate into the world's economy, including its entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
NOIP Director General Chuong highly valued the effective cooperation between relevant agencies of Vietnam and the European Commission (EC) in the field of intellectual property through the EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Cooperation program (ECAP II).
"The MoU, signed by the EPO and the NOIP, opened a new cooperation framework, namely the direct cooperation between the two agencies," said Chuong.
The EPO, the EC's regional patent-granting authority, has the world's largest technical database, which contains over 55 million patent documents. In addition to on-line database access, the NOIP will also be supported in publicizing Vietnamese patent information on the database
(Source: VNA - July 31, 2006)