The Vietnam Trade Office in Australia has said it has taken measures to protect Vietnamese rice trademarks after an Australian 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./.VNA
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./.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health announced 18 locally-transmitted cases, including 14 at a hospital, on Wednesday.
The 14 patients include one medical worker, four caretakers, and nine patients treated for other illnesses at the Dong Anh District branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, the health ministry elaborated.
The institution is a central-level hospital that tends to COVID-19 patients. It has been locked down following the detection of the contagion.
Another domestic case was logged in the capital city as well.
Each of the other three infections was registered in Quang Nam Province, Dong Nai Province, and Hai Duong Province.
The health ministry also confirmed eight cases imported from Poland, Cambodia, Japan, the Philippines, and Russia on Wednesday.
All of them had been quarantined since arrival in Vietnam by plane or ship.
Vietnam has logged 3,022 coronavirus patients, including 1,626 local cases, since the virus first struck the country on January 23, 2020, according to the health ministry’s data.
Recoveries have numbered 2,560, while 35 patients have died, most suffering critical underlying conditions.
Fifty-six local infections have been recorded in the country since April 27.
Vietnam is still closing its borders to international arrivals but it takes in foreign experts, diplomats, and Vietnamese repatriates.
All are required to undergo different forms of isolation upon entry.
The health ministry on Wednesday decided to increase centralized quarantine time to 21 days from the previous 14-day period, as there had been cases where people were confirmed as coronavirus patients shortly after leaving isolation centers.
The new regulation is applicable from the same day.
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and other provinces have closed non-essential services such as karaoke parlors, nightclubs, discos, and online game centers to stall the virus.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the fair was held online in the USA.
This year, Vietnamese students sent seven projects to compete in the contest.
All of the projects won the first prize at the national high school Science and Engineering Fair for the 2020-2021 academic year, which was organized in Thua Thien – Hue province.
ISEF 2021 drew the participation of 2,000 contestants with 1,500 projects from more than 80 countries and territories around the world.
The contest has a total prize value of over USD 5 million in the form of scholarships, internships and awards.
Translated by Chung Anh
Four Vietnamese students, Kim Thanh Vu and Dinh Thi Thu Ha (from Da Ten High School in Lam Dong Province), Doan Thi Xuan Phuong (from Duc Trong School in Lam Dong Province), and Nguyen Van Ha Uy (from Le Quy Don School in Danang City), are now taking part in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held in San Jose, California, USA, from May 9 th to 14 th .
They will present three topics related to treating organic garbage, using toads to kill insects, and developing a mathematical problem, respectively.
They had fought off stiff competition from the country’s 71 students with 37 topics in a competition held in Lam Dong.
The annual event, the world’s largest pre-college science competition, draws the participation of more than 1,600 students from 59 countries, regions and territories with 1,200 scientific topics.
Many prizes, worth of more than USD 4 million, will be given to winners.
Translated by Duy Minh