Monthly Archives: December 2011

UCA an elephant in the room that needs addressing

By Michael Mudd*

December 12, 2011

“There is an opportunity for Vietnam to increase exports to the US – to seize this opportunity and encourage companies to make sure they are in compliance with the UCA”

Usually when a law has a title like ‘The Unfair Competition Act’, (UCA) most exporters from Vietnam are uncomfortable. When that comes from the United States, a major trading partner, they shudder.

On April 4, 2011, the Washington State legislature passed a bill making it a violation of the state’s unfair competition laws for any business to sell products in Washington “while using stolen or misappropriated information technology in its business operations.”
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Draft law aims to curb disorderly advertising

August 06, 2011

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has drafted Law on Advertising to regulate and protect the nation’s fine traditions and customs, while simplifying administrative procedures, said Deputy Minister Hoang Huu Ai.

The current regulations on advertising have become outdated in the rapid socio – economic development, according to the ministry.
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Google publicly accuses Apple, Microsoft, Oracle of patent bullying

Google publicly accuses Apple, Microsoft, Oracle of patent bullying

August 03, 2011

Get out the fire extinguishers, because the patent fight between the tech titans is heating up. On Wednesday, Google publicly accused Apple and Microsoft of banding together to take down Android, using their winnings from recent Novell and Nortel patent auctions as ammunition.

In a post to the Official Google Blog, Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond said that Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and others have waged “a hostile, organized campaign against Android” by snapping up patents from Novell and Nortel and asking Google for high licensing fees for every Android device. According to Drummond, the companies in question are attempting to “make it more expensive for phone manufacturers to license Android (which we provide free of charge) than Windows Mobile; and even suing Barnes & Noble, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.”
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