The significant role of intellectual property in the country’s socio-economic development was highlighted at a seminar in Hanoi on May 7.

At the seminar, domestic and foreign experts from Canada, Kenya and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) discussed the building and implementation of a national intellectual property programme.

The participants stressed the need to identify goals, establish a national-level cooperation mechanism, as well as evaluate human resources as well as competitive edges of each country.

The programme aims to map out a plan on innovation cooperation, the possession and exploitation of research outcomes, initiatives and new technologies, they said.

Vietnam’s draft programme has been devised with the support of the WIPO, focusing on the enhancement of intellectual property policies and frameworks, raising public awareness of brands, copyright and other intellectual property rights.

The programme also aims to improve capacity to enforce the intellectual property rights of those concerned.-VNA