Governing Law & Dispute Resolution Mechanism

The Intellectual Property Law passed by the National Assembly of Vietnam on 29 November 2005, which took effect on 1 January 2006 and was amended on 19 June 2009


Is there a specialized dispute resolution body? No
Which Body? N/A
Do the general courts have jurisdiction to determine reasonable license terms where they cannot be agreed? Yes
Which court? Courts at district levels, Civil courts and Economic courts under provincial people’s courts.

The Civil Procedure Code of Vietnam (“CPC”) provides that disputes over intellectual property rights fall under the courts' jurisdiction. A circular jointly issued by the Supreme Court and other State authorities goes further to provide that courts have jurisdiction to handle disputes over contracts on copyright assignment or licensing, or disputes over contracts on copyright service.