Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Vietnam Association for Anti-Counterfeiting and Trademark Protection (VATAP) and its enterprise members to intensify the fight against counterfeit goods and intellectual property infringement.

In the past few years, the Government has achieved positive results in combating trade fraud, making contributions to stabilising the society and improving investment climate. However, the sale of low-quality goods remains rife in the country.

VATAP has been requested to collaborate with the National Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities (also called Steering Committee 389) and relevant ministries and organisations to disseminate information and policies on preventing trade fraud and intellectual property infringement.

Meanwhile, VATAP business members are required to follow current technical regulations on managing product quality and intellectual property rights and register industrial designs and product origin.

In addition, they are urged to collaborate with authorities to tackle the production and trade of fake goods and intellectual property infringement.

In the first quarter of 2015 alone, authorised forces detected nearly 50,000 violations, retrieving around 3 trillion VND (137.5 million) in taxes. They also began legal proceedings against over 430 offenders involved in 351 cases.-VNA