Deputy PM Binh urges raising public awareness in anti-counterfeit goods

Monday, 2017-11-27 09:34:53
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Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the 10th anniversary of Vietnam Anti-counterfeit Goods Day, Ho Chi Minh City, on November 27. (Credit: VGP)
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has stressed the need for improving the awareness of the whole society in participating in anti-counterfeit goods and in protecting intellectual property rights.

The senior government official was speaking at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on November 27, hosted by the Vietnam Association for Anti-counterfeiting and Trademark Protection (VATAP) and the Market Management Department, under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, to mark the 10th anniversary of Vietnam Anti-counterfeit Goods Day, which falls on November 29.

Speaking at the anniversary, Deputy PM Binh said that together with the national socio-economic development objectives, effective integration in free trade, good anti-counterfeit goods and the effective implementation of intellectual property right protection is identified as one of the important tasks contributing to enhancing the competitiveness of the Vietnamese economy. For that reason, the inception of the day is a practical activity to raise the awareness of the entire society to fight against counterfeit goods and infringements upon intellectual property rights.

According to Binh, with drastic direction from the Government, the relevant ministries and agencies have developed solutions to stop the production and trading of fake goods, as well as the violation of intellectual property rights, on the market. However, the results have not yet met the expectations of the Government and the people, as the production of counterfeit and fake goods remains popular and complicated.

In the context of Vietnam's increased economic integration, it is predicted that counterfeit goods will develop in a complex manner, requiring further efforts to prevent them. Deputy PM Binh requested that in the time ahead, the concerned ministries, sectors and local authorities should thoroughly understand and raise their responsibility, in addition to intensifying the communication work and promoting the fight against counterfeit goods and intellectual property right violations.

Market management forces need to control both the traditional and e-commerce channels, while strengthening the inspection of goods crossing borders in order to prevent the import of counterfeit goods. In residential areas, the functional forces and local administrations should strictly deal with establishments producing, trading, distributing and consuming counterfeit and imitation goods and infringing upon intellectual property rights. Furthermore, businesses need to raise awareness over brand protection, high technology application, and developing Vietnamese trademarks, as well as coordinating with the relevant agencies in detecting and handling trade fraud.

VATAP President Le The Bao said that the prevalence of counterfeit goods and intellectual property right violations is a big risk for domestic producers, negatively affecting the investment environment and people's health. Combating the issue requires the participation of the whole community with a persistent process and strict punishment. In addition, domestic enterprises should continue to invest in high technologies, reduce production costs and promote the campaign encouraging Vietnamese people to use locally made goods.

Representatives from HCM City businesses proposed that interdisciplinary bodies and associations should support enterprises more in the legal field. In addition, the Government should reconsider the level of sanctions against objects and violations related to counterfeit goods and the infringement of intellectual property to ensure sufficient deterrence.

Deputy General Director of Binh Minh Plastics JSC Nguyen Thanh Hai said that in addition to the awareness and initiative of enterprises themselves, in protecting their brand and investing in modern technology for production and business operation, functional forces should strengthen their market inspection and supervision solutions to eliminate units selling counterfeit goods. Particularly, the functional agencies must become reliable addresses in coordinating the fight against counterfeit goods and any infringements upon intellectual property in the market.