Intellectual asset management activities should receive more attention from enterprises, research institutes and universities to ensure relevant rights, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Viet Thanh said.
The Intellectual Assets Developing Program, which has been a success in the 2011-2015 stage, should be promoted further in the next five years, he said.
Thanh was speaking at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on November 27.
The program began in 2006 and after 10 years, it supported most provinces to identify the role of intellectual property rights in social-economic development and to raise public awareness of intellectual property.
The program helped train professional assistants, managers and directors in the field of intellectual asset management for enterprises, institutes and universities.
“Nowadays, most of the provinces pay attention to intellectual property matters and legally protected specialty products by geographical indications, collective trademark or certified trademark. One of them is Phu Quoc fish sauce,” Thanh said.
“We can see that many small and medium enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City have established intellectual asset management board or division to enhance intellectual property activities and integrated relevant strategies into business strategies. We hope that this model would be developed more widely,” he said.
At the conference, 90 people, including businesspeople, researchers, educators, lawyers and inventors were granted Intellectual Asset Management Certificates under the Intellectual Assets Developing Program.