Police work with Interpol on intellectual property violations
Deputy Public Security Minister Senior Lieutenant General Leâ Quyù Vuong said trans-national IP crime not only harmed enterprises, but could also directly affect consumers health and human rights.
Experts are gathering in Haø Noäi for a three-day conference on using international law enforcement to control intellectual property crime.
Organised by Vieät Nams Ministry of Public Security, the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) and the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the event encouraged participants to share their experiences in combating IP crime.
Speaking at the opening ceremony on Tuesday, Deputy Public Security Minister Senior Lieutenant General Leâ Quyù Vuong said trans-national IP crime not only harmed enterprises, but could also directly affect consumers health and human rights.
He said the prevention of IP crime required close and effective co-operation between law enforcement agencies as well as the proactive involvement of businesses and customers-not just at the na- tional level, but at the regional and global level too.
In Vieät Nam, the issue of IP protection goes back to the countrys 1946 Constitution, which mentions copyright protection. The Law on Intellectual Property, adopted by the National Assembly in 2005 and put into effect in 2006, does much to extend legal protections to cover modern IP issues.
During the last few years, the country had joined and signed several international treaties on copyright and other IP rights, the Deputy Minister noted.
Head of the ministrys Department of Anti-Crime, Police Lieutenant General Phan Vaên Vónh, said Vietnamese police would work closely with Interpol as well as domestic and foreign partners to fight international IP crime.
Deputy Minister Vuong met Singapores Deputy Secretary of Home Affairs, and former President of Interpol. Khoo Boon Hui, on the sidelines of the conference. He called on the Singaporean department to assist Vieät Nam in training people and to share its experience in crime prevention.
At another meeting with UL president Keith Wiliams, Vuong said the intellectual property issue was relatively new to Vieät Nam. He added that the country would benefit from the UL's advice and assistance.