Strengthening the cooperation between Vietnam and Laos on copyright and related rights protection in 2012 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:52

Implementation of the of cooperation program in the framework of the Protocol "Strengthening cooperation between Vietnam and Laos on intellectual property", there were many activities on copyright and related rights in 2012.

Three Laos delegations with 14 delegates of the Laos Department of Intellectual Property and one Vietnamese delegation with 2 delegates of the Copyright Office of Vietnam had got the study visits in each other country to share the experiences of policy development, legislation, state management of copyright and related rights. Especially, the leaders of the Laos Department of Intellectual Property worked with the leaders of the Copyright Office of Vietnam on 10 May 2012 and the Directors of Divisions of the Laos Department of Intellectual Property had a study visit to the Copyright Office of Vietnam on 29 August 2012. Besides, 3 staffs of the Laos Department of Intellectual Property had also worked with the Copyright Office of Vietnam’s staffs from 18 to 20 December 2012.

The Laos negotiation procedures to joint WTO were completed on 26 October 2012. Laos would have many opportunities but also be faced many difficulties and challenges, since became a member of the WTO. The Copyright Office of Vietnam and Laos Department of Intellectual Property exchanged information, support, and advise, in order to fully implement the WTO commitments.

Under this program, the Vietnamese delegation also attended the Laos National Seminar on "Commercialization of Intellectual Property Rights" from 15 to 19 October 2012, held by the Laos Department of Intellectual Property, collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. The Vietnamese expert presented the topic on "The copyright and related rights system, its Rational and its Effectivness as a tool for Economic Growth"

These activities contributed to strengthening the Vietnam-Laos friendship in general and the relationship on copyright and related rights in particular. The Vietnam's support for Laos as a new WTO member should be done through a new cooperation program, on the basis of Laos proposal.

Thanh Tung (COV)

 
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