On 20 November 2012 the National Assembly passed Law No. 20/2012/QH13 amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Law on Lawyers No. 65/2006/QH11(the "Law"). The Law takes effect on 1 July 2013. By enacting the Law, the Government has increased the administrative burden for foreign law firms and other legal practicing organizations.
Food poisoning nearly happens every day throughout Vietnam, and there have been some serious cases with large numbers of poisoned persons. Per official statistics published by the Vietnam Food Safety Authority, for the period of 2010 to mid 2012 there were more than 371 food poisoning cases with 91 dead people recorded.
Law 36/2009/QH 12 dated June 29, 2009, amends and supplements a number of Articles of Law on Intellectual Property 2005 (Law on Intellectual Property) and provides some new amended regulations on establishment of industrial property rights, including, inter alia, regulations on rights to registration of a collective mark, certification mark in respect of the geographical name or other signs indicating the geographical origin of special products from Viet Nam, the first-to-file principle, time limits for examination of the applications for registration of IP objects.
The Ministry of Finance issued Circular No. 16/2013/TT-BTC, dated 8 February 2013, guiding implementation of Resolution No. 02/NQ-CP, dated 7 January 2013, of the Government on several remedies for solving the business difficulties, assisting the market and resolving bad debts ("Circular 16"). Remedies addressed by Circular 16 are optional incentives regarding  corporate income tax (CIT), value added tax (VAT), land rent and land use fees.
When the Law on Enterprises and Law on Investment took effect in July 2006, they stipulated that foreign-invested enterprises formed under the earlier Law on Foreign Investment had until June 30, 2008, to either re-register under the new laws, or continue operating in accordance with existing charter and investment licence.
The State has issued a number of policies and incentives to encourage the development of low-cost housing to meet the housing needs of the disadvantaged. Yet few public housing projects are underway and little inventory has been added to the low-cost housing market.
The Ministry of Information and Communications ("MOIC") has recently issued Circular No. 07/2008/TT-BTTT ("Circular 07") dated 18 December 2008 providing new rules for management of blogs, in accordance with Government Decree No. 97/2008/ND-CP dated 28 August 2008 on management, provision and use of Internet services and electronic information on the Internet. As the authorities told the press, the Circular is designed to encourage the expansion of interaction possibilities in the Internet, sharing personal experiences and the use of clean Vietnamese language in the Internet, as well as to prevent bloggers from abuse of Internet for spreading illegal information. Circular 07 specifies the acts prohibited in provision of information in blogs, as well as the responsibilities of bloggers and of the social network providers in respect of the creation and operation of blogs.
On September 18, 2009, the United States Court of International Trade issued a decision that will change the way the US treats imports from Vietnam. In GPX International Tires v. U.S. the court addressed the US Department of Commerce's recent application of trade remedies law against China. Because of other recent actions of the Department of Commerce, Vietnam will also receive the benefits, or burdens, of GPX Tires. In order to understand the implications of GPX Tires it is necessary to first understand certain things about United States trade remedies.
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