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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Tags: counterfeiting
Personal liability and corporate liability under new Penal Code Personal liability and corporate liability under new Penal Code
On June 20, 2017, the National Assembly passed the revised Penal Code. It became effective on January 1, 2018. Several significant changes have occurred. Several acts, previously criminal, are no longer punishable. On the other hand, several previously innocent acts have been criminalized. One very large change is that an enterprise-not just an individual-may now be guilty of a crime1.
Corporate penal liability in Vietnam Corporate penal liability in Vietnam
The 2015 Penal Code marks a great progress in the country’s criminal justice by holding commercial legal entities liable for their criminal acts. Its novel provisions create a legal basis for the fight against criminal acts committed by commercial legal entities in recent years as well as for international cooperation on combating crime, especially transnational organized crime.
Top 10 legal documents in 2017 Top 10 legal documents in 2017
These include the Planning Law, the Law on Technology Transfer, the Law on Foreign Trade Management and Decree 03/2017/ND-CP on casino business, among others.
Authorities set to crack down on fake ginseng Authorities set to crack down on fake ginseng
The Ministry of Science and Technology is working on a plan to do away with products counterfeiting Ngoc Linh ginseng (Panax vietnamensis or Vietnamese ginseng) which are seriously hurting the value and brand of this national product.
Decree No. 66/2017/ND-CP Decree No. 66/2017/ND-CP
Prescribing the conditions for doing business in camouflaged sound recording, video recording and positioning devices and software
Crimes against IPRs in the 2015 Penal Code Crimes against IPRs in the 2015 Penal Code
After suspending the 2015 Penal Code from taking effect for one year, the National Assembly passed on June 20, 2017, the Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Penal Code, in which the crimes against intellectual property rights have been significantly amended and will come into effect from January 1, 2018.
Decision No. 2545/QD-TTg Decision No. 2545/QD-TTg
approving the Scheme on development of non-cash payment in Vietnam during 2016-2020
Legal loopholes in handling trademark infringements in Vietnam Legal loopholes in handling trademark infringements in Vietnam
Intellectual property infringements in Vietnam, including infringements upon well-known trademarks, have prevalently occurred with subtle tricks and are considerably difficult to control. These have caused damage not only to businesses but also to customers.
Decriminalization: the need to abolish some crimes in the Penal Code Decriminalization: the need to abolish some crimes in the Penal Code
Penal policies must stem from the assessment of the need for, and necessity of, the application of the penal law, among many counter-crime measures.
Major orientations for revision of Penal Code Major orientations for revision of Penal Code
First enacted in 1985, the Penal Code of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has been amended six times, including a comprehensive revision in 1999. It has become a sharp tool of the State in social management, crime prevention and combat as well as maintenance of political security, social order and safety.

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