The meeting between Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam and WIPO Director General Francis Gurry on March 23 (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam suggested the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) continue cooperating with and supporting Vietnam in building a national strategy on intellectual property, thus creating an impetus for the country’s innovation process.

During a reception for WIPO Director General Francis Gurry in Hanoi on March 23, the Deputy PM thanked the organisation for its assistance for Vietnam in building and fine-tuning the country’s legal system on IP. 

The WIPO also supported Vietnam in improving the capacity of agencies in protecting and exercising IP rights, developing intellectual assets, training human resources, and raising public awareness of IP, he said. 

He revealed that the Vietnamese Government is directing ministries, sectors and localities to examine and propose amendments to intellectual property–related legal regulations, in order to promote innovation in the country. 

According to the Deputy PM, ministries, sectors and localities have worked hard to improve the capacity and operational efficiency of agencies responsible for protecting and exercising IP rights, contributing to attracting investment in scientific and technological development, towards improving business climate and increasing competitiveness of the nation’s economy. 

For his part, Francis Gurry reaffirmed positive results in IP-related cooperation between Vietnam and the WIPO. 

Vietnam has set a vision in its scientific and technological development strategy, towards building a national strategy on intellectual property, he said. 

The guest stressed that the WIPO will continue helping Vietnam implement projects to build a national IP programme, audit  IP agencies’ resources and management, and develop IP-hub for intellectual property commercialisation. -VNA