Friday, 3rd August, 2018

Vanuatu Intellectual Property Office ramps up border protection measures

The Vanuatu Intellectual Property Office (VIPO) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue (CIR) to assist in the control and prevention of importation of counterfeit goods into Vanuatu.

Following the signing of the MOU, the VIPO is now identifying new initiatives to assist in preventing the distribution of counterfeit products in Vanuatu.

One new practice introduced by the VIPO is to allow trade mark owners to record authorised distributors of goods against their registered trade marks.

VIPO and CIR are of that view that they will be able to rely on this information to help identify any unauthorised product entering Vanuatu.

If you are interested in more information on the new practice introduced by VIPO, please contact us.