Mumuso has once again been slammed for cheating consumers as most recently a Korean language expert stated that the inscriptions on the firm's products are meaningless. Furthermore, the Korean Intellectual Property Office cannot confirm its business activities in the country. Targeting Vietnamese consumers who like foreign brands at reasonable prices, Korea-based Mumuso and Japan-based Miniso over the past few years have been developing strongly in Vietnam, despite selling Chinese goods. Chinese goods under Korean and Japanese labels The website of Mumuso Vietnam Lately, Korean television MBC has informed that Mumuso is entirely Chinese and only assumes Korean origins to cheat customers. Accordingly, the television’s reporters did a feature related the issue at a Mumuso store in Ho Chi Minh City. Many Vietnamese customers are quite interested in Mumuso’s goods due to their beautiful Korean designs and reasonable prices. However, according to MBC’s reporters, … [Read more...] about Mumuso origin scandal deepens
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In Brief (07-01-2006) Viet Nam trade with Kunming increases HA NOI — Viet Nam has become the largest Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trading partner with Kunming City in China’s Yunnan province. In the first 11 months of last year, Kunming exported US$130 million of goods to Viet Nam. Kunming authorities have organised six trade fairs in Viet Nam to enhance trade co-operation with the country since 2002. Nation’s trademark registration grows HA NOI — The number of trademarks issued in Viet Nam last year grew significantly, with 530 user-rights and 811 ownership-transfer trademarks being registered, according to the National Intellectual Property Office (NIOP). A total of 21,000 registered trademarks were licensed in 2005. NIOP has now granted exclusive protection certificates for 120,000 trademarks, 30,000 of which are owned by Vietnamese enterprises. Vietnamese companies, however, account for only 5 per cent of the office’s total patents. … [Read more...] about In Brief (07-01-2006)
by Quynh Hoa HCM CITY — Commercial Service Korea (CS Korea) recommends that Vietnamese businesses seek legal consulting before signing contracts with Korean partners so they can avoid risks in the South Korean market and achieve success. Speaking at a seminar on the South Korean market held in HCM City on Wednesday, Kim Euk Guen, director of Glocal Kim Co, said businesses also should seek legal consulting on intellectual proprety and trademark registration with the Korean Intellectual Property Office because of the need to protect their business interests. They should set up a representative office or search for a local business representative as a partner to develop a thorough understanding about the market, especially when they face language barriers and different manners and customs. International Partner Search under the support of CS Korea would help foreign businesses, including Vietnamese firms, to seek partners through linking networks with industries and business … [Read more...] about Firms need legal advice to break into Korean market
The main battleground between Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. in the global smartphone market is moving from courtrooms to the laboratory, amid a race for patents on atom-thick technology for the next generation of devices. Graphene is sort of like the high-tech version of cling wrap. It’s a transparent material that conducts electricity so it can be stretched across glass surfaces of phones or tablets to make them into touch screens. Thinner, stronger and more flexible than current technology, it’s ideal for futuristic gadgets like bendable smartwatches or tablets that fold up into smartphones. The potential has Samsung, Apple and Google Inc. (GOOG) amassing arsenals of graphene-related patents, in part because sales of so-called wearable computing devices is predicted to rise 14 fold in five years. Samsung, which this month lost a $120 million verdict to Apple, looks like the early leader in the race for intellectual property rights. “We will someday see … [Read more...] about Samsung-Apple smartphone battleground is single-atom thick
A stage name is a special kind of brand. Should artists register their stage names for exclusive ownership? Singer Trí Phong has changed his stage name several times but he doesn’t become famous. When artists lose their stage names Stage names may be real names or nicknames. Stage names mean nothing to nameless artists. However, many famous artists don’t understand their importance. A young man from a southern province went to HCMCity, aiming to become a singer. He won first prize in a singing competition held by the HCM City Youth Cultural House in 2000 with his real name, Huynh Hong Hai. To become a professional singer, Hai used the stage name Thai Phong. After a long time of being neglected, he changed to Tri Phong. This name didn’t help him win fame so he changed to Trí Phong (adding an acute accent only). But this will not be Hai’s last stage name. “From now to the year’s end, if nobody knows who I am, I will change my stage name … [Read more...] about Stage names registered as commodities?