We have just learnt that the Ministry of Science and Technology in Vietnam has issued a Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN providing guidelines for implementing the procedure of Establishing Industrial Property Rights. This Circular took effect on 09 May 2007 and supersedes the previous provisions on this matter. One point of particular note is that use claims are not considered to be patentable subject matter. We do not totally agree with this provision, and indeed the Vietnamese Patent Office has not issued any further official decision in respect of any case which includes such use claims.

Further details will be posted on this website as and when they are received.