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    Ministry amends decision after trademark lawsuit
    11/26/2014 10:58:27 AM

    The Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology has just decided to amend a decision they issued a year a go after an American firm sued for brand damage.

    In the first decision, the ministry canceled the effect of a decision by the Department of Intellectual Property that took away the rights for a company called Hiep Tien Long to use the brand name P.T. & Hình. The US-based firm also claimed the rights to this brand.

     

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    However, the ministry stated that it was not an amendment, but the first decision had expired.

    “The change came rather suddenly but would soon be applied to related agencies, organisation and individuals,” an official from the ministry said.

    However, Malco Products Inc., the petitioner in the suit, said the new decision does not adequately settle the intellectual property dispute they had with Hiep Tien Long.

    They urged the ministry to order Hiep Tien Long pay compensation for their losses, as a shipment of their lubricant with the brand name as P.T. & Hình has been held up at the HCM City’s Customs since March 28.

    The lawsuit between Malco and Hiep Tien Long dates back to 2007. The above-mentioned brand name was owned by PPI Comany and then sold to Malco. However, Hiep Tien Long used the same brand name for the same lubricant marketed in Vietnam. To date, there has been no final decision as to how to resolve the case.

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