On 29 July 1982 the Council of Ministers (the Government at present) promulgated Decree No 125/HDBT reorganization of the State Committee of Science and Technology (later it was renamed Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment) which stated that the National Office of Inventions was, inter alia, a subordinate agency to help the Committee carry out works with a view to developing innovation and industrial property activities in Viet Nam. Later on (1993) the National Office of Inventions was renamed the National Office of Industrial Property (NOIP).
For this reason, 29 July 1982 has been considered as the foundation day of the National Office of Industrial Property. National Office of Industrial Property has been making efforts to study both the theoretical and practical issues in order to develop a system of regimes and policies approved by State competent authorities, which serve as a legal basis for implementing innovation and industrial property activities nationwide. The legal system has been continuously revised and improved so as to meet the needs of the country's development. Together with the development of the legal framework on industrial property, the National Office of Industrial Property has prepared the necessary technical and material infrastructure as well as developed a human resource with necessary professional skills expertise to implement the above legal system, including the receiving of applications, examination and grant of protection titles for industrial property rights. For the past 20 years, NOIP has received and handled hundreds of thousands of applications and granted hundreds of thousands of titles on protection of industrial property rights for domestic and foreign individuals and organizations. NOIP has been in close cooperation with other State competent agencies to take necessary measures to step by step enhance the efficiency of the industrial property right protection.
It can be said that industrial property activities in Viet Nam have gradually become effective for development of the country.
The book titled “National Office of Industrial Property - 20 years of Development (1982-2002)” has been prepared on the occasion of 20 anniversary of NOIP for the purpose of reviewing its activities with a view to reflecting the contributions of the NOIP staff, who are currently working or used to work at the NOIP, to the cause of development of innovation and industrial property activities in the country.
Due to the time constraint and the limitation of historical material available in the archive, shortcomings in compiling this book are inevitable. We would appreciate any comments from readers so as to allow us to further improve the book.
National Office of Industrial Property.