On 01 July 2021, the Vietnamese Government issued Resolution No. 66 regarding the implementation of legislative agenda ("Resolution No. 66"). One of the intriguing issues under Resolution No. 66' s agenda is the Draft Law Project amending and supplementing a number of articles of the current Intellectual Property Law ("Draft Law"). 

Notably, the Vietnamese Government agreed to rename the Draft Law Project from "Law amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Law on Intellectual Property" to "Intellectual Property Law (amended)". 

Under Resolution No. 66, the Vietnamese Government has instructed the drafting agency (i.e., the Ministry of Science and Technology) to develop the Draft Law in a very comprehensive manner with a view to completely superseding the 2005 IP Law (as amended and supplemented in 2009 and 2019, respectively).

An important proposal of the Draft Law is the narrowing down of acts of IP right infringement to be handled by administrative measures. The majority of the Government members agreed with the current approach under the Draft Law. Accordingly, administrative sanctions shall apply only to acts infringing upon copyright, related rights, trademarks, geographical indications and plant varieties. This means that the infringement of patents, industrial designs, layout designs, trade names, trade secrets, and acts of unfair competition would be no longer subject to administrative sanctions, but shall be subject to civil actions only. This will possibly pave the way for a more active participation of the courts in intellectual property dispute resolution processes.

The Vietnamese Government has assigned the Ministry of Science and Technology to urgently complete the Draft Law before reporting it to the Prime Minister, in order for it to be timely submitted in the 15th National Assembly's Second Session, which is scheduled to take place in October 2021.