[Legal Updates] Monthly Legal Newsletter in January 2020

LEGAL UPDATES

[Legal Updates] Monthly Legal Newsletter in January 2020

1| Our Prominent Legal Article In January 2020

First, our Senior Partner – Ms. Pham Thi Thoa had a very interesting article related to the intellectual property which was published on The Saigon Times under the following name – From “domain speculation” to … “brand speculation”. To read and understand the entire article, please visit here.

Second, our Associate lawyer – Ms. Thieu Thi Kieu Thu also had a legal article about the “Limits of the recognition mechanism of well-known trademarks in Vietnam”. This article mentioned the popularity of the trademark and the legal issues around it as well as presented some problems in the recognition mechanism of well-known trademarks in Vietnam. To read the entire article, please visit here.

2| Remarkable News And Legislations In January 2020

European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) adopted the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement

On January 21st, 2020, the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) adopted the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

Under the above agreement, Vietnam will reduce 65% of import duties on goods from the EU as soon as EVFTA takes effect. The remainder will be removed in a 10-year period.

In addition, the EU will reduce more than 70% of tariffs on Vietnamese goods immediately after the agreement takes effect. The remainder will be cleared in the next 7 years.

The European Parliament (EP) will vote on the EVFTA and the Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) at its February 2020 meeting in Strasbourg, France. If approved, the trade agreement will officially take effect.

3| The Remarkable Executed Legislations In January 2020

No. DOCUMENT TITLE EXECUTION DATE  EFFECTIVE DATE
1.       

Decree No. 01/2020/ND-CP amendments to the Government’s Decree no. 84/2015/ND-CP dated September 30, 2015 on investment supervision and assessment

01/01/2020 01/01/2020
2.       

Decree No. 02/2020/ND-CP amendments to some articles of the Government’s Decree no. 131/2015/ND-CP dated December 25, 2015 on guidance on national important projects

01/01/2020 01/01/2020
3.       

Decree No. 06/2020/ND-CP amends and supplements Article 17 of the Decree No. 47/2014/ND-CP dated May 15, 2014 regulates the compensation, support, and resettlement upon land expropriation by the State

03/01/2020 20/02/2020
4.        Decree No. 07/2020/ND-CP on the special preferential import tariff the for implementation of Asean – Hong Kong, China free trade agreement in the period 2019 – 2022  05/01/2020 20/02/2020
5.        Decree No. 08/2020/NĐ-CP on operations and performance of bailiff

 

08/01/2020 24/02/2020
6.       

Circular No. 01/2020/TT-BCT on import of raw material tobacco under tariff quotas in 2020 

14/01/2020 29/02/2020
7.       

Circular No. 03/2020/TT-BCT on import of raw material tobacco under tariff quotas in Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

22/01/2020 29/02/2020

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