Sydney (VNA) – The Vietnam Trade Office in Australia has said it has taken measures to protect Vietnamese rice trademarks after an Australia n firm registered for trademark protection of rice varieties ST24 and ST25.
Nguyen Phu Hoa, head of Vietnam Trade Office in Australia, said T&L Global Foods Supply Pty Ltd has sought to register the “Rice; Best Rice of the World” trademarks for the two varieties.
Both rice varieties ST24 and ST25 were developed in Vietnam by farmer-scientist Ho Quang Cua and his colleagues and have won international prizes.
The office has spoken with Cua about coordinating action and being actively engaged in discussions with leaders of T&L Global Foods Supply, which said it would check the matter with its brand unit.
The agency has also sent documents and photos to IP Australia to clarify that the ST24 and ST25 rice varieties were developed by Cua and a team of Vietnamese scientists, and have been granted patents in Vietnam.
It has asked IP Australia to consider the matter and to avoid possible disputes that could affect ST24 and ST25 rice exports from Vietnam to Australia.
Vietnam is also meeting with lawyers in Australia to prepare the necessary steps in line with IP Australia’s regulations, Hoa told the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
He suggested Cua step up completing procedures to join in addressing the case and protecting the trademark.
Do Gia Thang, Director of Nguyen Do Lawyers in Australia, said it takes three to four months to carry out checks on a patent registration.
If an application meets all the requirements, the IP agency will issue a notice accepting the trademark and disclose the decision, he said, adding that the trademark, however, still has to wait for another year before the decision officially comes into force.
This is not the first time ST24 and ST25 rice have lost their trademark protection rights in foreign countries, as there were certain applications made to register ST25 in the US previously.
Vietnam exported rice worth 4.7 million USD to Australia in the first quarter of this year, a year-on-year increase of 66 percent./.
HCM City (VNA) – An online conference was held in Ho Chi Minh City on May 5 to seek measures and strategies to effectively approach and exploit the promising but choosy European market.
Tran Thi Trang, head of the Training Office of the HCM City Center for Trade Promotion and Investment (ITPC) said that Europe is one of the largest trade partners of Vietnam, while Vietnam is the second biggest trade partner of Europe in Southeast Asia.
Despite impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic , trade exchange between the two sides has still been maintained, especially since the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) took effect, import-export activities have been on the rise and forecast to continue to grow in the future, she said.
Meanwhile, Zachaier, director for supply chain at Source of Asia (SOA), said that Europe is a potential market that is the target of many countries. Vietnam is the one of the important trade partners of Europe with outstanding advantages thanks to the EVFTA. By the end of 2020, four months after the deal took effect, Vietnam’s exports to the EU saw positive signs despite impacts from COVID-19.
Vietnam’s exports to Europe reached 42 billion USD, he noted, adding that the figure has accounted for only 2 percent of the total import value of the EU, showing that there is large room for Vietnamese goods to penetrate into the market.
He said that European consumers are paying greater attention to sustainability, including the origin trace, social responsibility and environmental protection.
In that context, Vietnamese exporters should assess the sustainability of their products and the regulations in the market, thus designing strategies to adjust the supply chain to suit international standards and rules, he suggested.
Huynh Thanh Trung, Director of LeanWares Company, said that Vietnamese enterprises have seen limitations in high added value stages such as designing, development research and marketing.
He said that Vietnamese businesses should focus on building standardised factories, while controlling the supply chain in an effective manner to meet the demands of the European market .
Do Van Huy, Manager of the Shire Oak International project in Vietnam, said that European consumers care a lot about the environment and climate change, and prioritise products produced with green energy.
Dinh Thi Tuyet Nhung, SOA’s international market development team leader, held that the similarity of successful enterprises such as Vinamilk, Viettel and Kova is focusing on their product quality right from the stage of developing the domestic market. Once winning the home market, they started studying and approaching foreign markets, she said./.
Cultural and historical experts are making efforts to restore nghe (shrine) Dang Dong in Hanoi, an ancient folk relic.
Dang Dong Shrine (Thach Ban District, Long Bien District, Hanoi) is defined as a popular cultural heritage identified with the rural life of the capital. However, it is falling into oblivion and deteriorating.
|The Shrine Dang Dong is a familiar place of worship for the people in ancient Cu Linh village, Thach Ban nowadays in Hanoi. Photo: Kinh te & Do thi|
Archeologists, historians, and ethnologists have recently worked with the local people to discuss the plan to restore it.
Vestige of the relic
Secluded deep in a neighborhood in Co Linh Street, shrine Dang Dong is a familiar place of worship for locals. It used to be dedicated to the worship of a genie of Cu Linh village (renamed as Thach Ban from 1955).
Today, the Dang Dong Shrine is surrounded by fallow fields, ponds and lakes. When the ancient architecture nearly collapsed, the locals erected a makeshift structure as a place of worship.
The ancient relic is left forgotten by cultural researchers, according to Professor Tran Lam Bien, a local cultural expert. In fact, there have been many seminars to discuss the reconstruction of communal houses, pagodas, and temples but nghe or shrine is of little known and paid little attention.
|The sitting tug-of-war is recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO has to do with shrine Dang Dong. Photo: Nguoiduatin.vn|
Nghe or shrine used to play an important role in the cultural and religious life of the local people because it is the place to worship the supreme deity of a village, according to professor Bien.
Although the structure of nghe Dang Dong collapsed, it is still one of the three nghe – shrines of Cu Linh village. Moreover, it is a typical relic of the country’s resistance wars, according to historian Le Van Lan.
From the end of the 19th century until the August Revolution of 1945 and in the wars against France, nghe Dang Dong was where the patriots took refuge. Therefore, it is qualified to be classified as the typical revolutionary war relic.
Keeping the village spirit for the city
According to Dr. Bui The Quan, Deputy Head of Culture and Information Department of Long Bien District, the locals look forward to rebuilding nghe Dang Dong as a way to make cultural life thrive.
It is the fact that Vietnam’s countryside is changing strongly in the process of urbanization today. All the ancient villages and communes are now urbanized. That’s way, the folk spirit needs to be kept as well as the preservation of rural heritages such as temples, pagodas and folk games.
|The sitting tug-of-war is now replaying in Tran Vu Temple, Thach Ban Ward, Thach Ban District, Long Bien District, Hanoi. Photo: Nguoiduatin.vn|
The sitting tug-of-war in Tran Vu Temple, also in Thach Ban Ward, recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO has to do with nghe Dang Dong. It used to be held every year in March of the lunar calendar in nghe Dang Dong. But since the shrine collapsed, its celebration was moved to nearby Tran Vu Temple, according to the elders in the village.
In fact, the residents still keep in mind nghe Dang Dong ’s foundation, scale, and architecture. Apart from worshiping the God Linh Hue Dai Vuonge, other religious items for worship are still kept at the place. The God is now venerated in nearby Tran Vu temple.
“Based on what we have in the place at the moment and in the memory of the local people, scientists can totally restore a full foundation, scale and architecture of nghe Dang Dong”, Dr. Nguyen Duc Nhue, Deputy Director of the Institute of History affirmed.
The local authority also said that they would consult with cultural experts to complete documents and submit to higher-level agencies for the restoration proposal of nghe Dang Dong in the coming time.
The national brand program needs to select some high-quality and high-yield rice varieties to name them in a simple, easy-to-remember, easy-to-pronounce way along with the place where the rice is grown (Soc Trang Vietnam rice, for instance) or the name of the creator of that rice variety (like Mr. Cua rice) to easily register for brand protection abroad.
Although ST25 rice was awarded as the world’s best rice in 2019, a small number of British people know about it, and the marketing effectiveness in the UK market is not much.
By Van Phuc – Translated by Thanh Nha
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