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Vietnam: The Vietnam IP Office's proposed amendments to the trademark examination of the red-cross emblem in Vietnam

On 11 August 2020, the Vietnam IP Office ("VNIPO") organized an internal seminar, in collaboration with the Vietnam Red Cross Society ("VRCS") and the International Committee of the Red Cross ("ICRC"), to discuss the "Appropriate use of the red-cross emblem in Vietnam" ("Seminar").

The purpose of the Seminar is to discuss and propose a change to the VNIPO's practice regarding assessments of the registrability of trademarks and industrial designs consisting of the red-cross emblem to comply with the provisions of the Law on Red-Cross Activities and the Fourth Geneva Convention on protection of the red-cross emblem, of which Vietnam is a member.

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