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1990 - 1995


National Office of Inventions was renamed the National Office of Industrial Property - reshuffle of professional work of the Office.

During the late 1989 and the early 1990s, the National Office of Inventions experienced a sea change in personnel and organization. Mr. Doan Phuong, Vice Chairman of the State Committee of Science and Technology, was appointed as the Director General of the National Office of Inventions in place of Mr. An Khang. In early 1990, company INVESTIP split away from the Office. Specialized Divisions were established in replacement for groups:

  • Legislation and Management Division;
  • Invention and Utility Solution Division;
  • Trademark and Industrial Design Division;
  • Computer and Equipment Division;
  • General Administration Division;
  • Patent Information and Documentation Center.

On 26 March 1992, Mr. Pham Dinh Chuong and Mr. Tran Viet Hung were appointed as the Deputy Director General in place of Mr. Nguyen Duc Than and Nguyen Van Vien who no longer seated these posts since 13 March 1992.

On 22 May 1993, the Government promulgated the Decree 22-CP, providing for the duty, the competence, and the organization structure of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. Under the Decree, the National Office of Inventions was renamed the National Office of Industrial Property. On 8 June 1993, the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment issued the Decision 259/TCCB on regulations on the organization and functions of the NOIP. According to the regulations, the duty and competence of the NOIP were increasingly empowered so as to enable it exercise its state administration function over industrial property activities and the procedures of rights establishment in line with the Ordinance on the protection of industrial property rights dated 11 February 1989. The regulations also maintained the organization structure of the NOIP composed of existing Divisions and Center (except for the Division of Computer and Equipment) and additionally established the Registration Division, Training Division and International Relations Division.

Along with the sea change in leadership line, the organization and personnel of the NOIP also experienced the considerable change.

In late 1989 and 1990s, due to the difficulty in internal organization and living standard, a fairly large number of staff (some 50 people) quitted the Office (among them many had been professionally trained in industrial property field). Up to 1992, the number of staff reduced to 86 (including permanent and contracted officers). Industrial property activities in general and the NOIP in particular faced great challenges, of which were the shortage of human resources and scattered activities.


20 March 1990: Promulgation of Decree 84/HDBT on the amendment of Regulations on technical innovations, rationalization of production and inventions; Regulations on trademarks; Regulations for utility solutions so as to materialize the Ordinance on the protection of industrial property.

The Office established the specialized divisions in place of professional groups.

22 May 1993: Promulgation of Decree 22/CP on the duty and competence of the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment and the National Office of Inventions was renamed the National Office of Industrial Property accordingly.

Reorganizing professional activities and centralizing the procedures of right establishment in the principle of one coordinator. Reinforcing new staff, continuously improving the capacity of staff line.

To overcome these difficulties, on the one hand, NOIP reshuffled professional activities and on the other hand, continued to train and reinforced new staff.

In respect of organization of work, the Office determined to remove isolated and scattered way of working. The whole procedures of right establishment were carried out in the principle of one contact point. Every procedure of application filling, examination, publication and grant of protection title, etc. was implemented in the uniform process with strict and transparent operational regulations.

In respect of personnel line, the Office recruited a number of staff who immediately adapted to the Office works. As a result many international relations were established and many officers were trained with professional expertise in foreign countries.

Thanks to the above-mentioned efforts, the NOIP rapidly passed through the most difficult period, step-by-step meeting the practical requirements and readily playing the well-deserved role in the industrial property system in the new stage of the international economic integration.

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