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Vietnam joins global efforts to fight intellectual property violations

Hanoi, September 24 (VNA) – The 2014 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference is taking place in Hanoi from September 23-25 to seek closer cooperation in the field.

Organised by the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam, the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol), and the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the three-day event provides an opportunity for participants to share their experiences in combatting IP crime, thus contributing to global peace, stability and development.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on September 23, Deputy Minister Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong explained that trans-national IP crime not only harms enterprises but also can directly impact on consumers’ health and rights.

Therefore, the prevention of IP crime required close and effective cooperation between law enforcement agencies as well as the proactive involvement of businesses and customers, not just at the national level, but at the regional and global level, he said.

In Vietnam, the idea of IP protection, mainly copyrights, was featured in the country’s first Constitution in 1946. The National Assembly adopted the Law on Intellectual Property in 2005, which came into force on July 1, 2006. Over the past few years, the country has joined and signed a number of international treaties on copyrights and other IP rights, the official noted.

Head of the ministry’s Department of Anti-Crime Police Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh confirmed that the Vietnamese police would closely work with Interpol and domestic and foreign partners to fight international IP crime.

Deputy Minister Le Quy Vuong met with former President of Interpol and Singapore ’s Deputy Secretary of Home Affairs Khoo Boon Hui on the sidelines of the conference.

He called on the Singaporean department to assist Vietnam in training personnel and share its experience in crime prevention.

In a meeting with UL President Keith Wiliams, Deputy Minister Le Quy Vuong said the intellectual property issue is relatively new to Vietnam, and that the country hopes to receive advice and assistance from the UL to ensure product safety and protect consumers’ health.