The government recently deposited with the director general of the World Intellectual Property Organisation its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. This should lead to more geographical indications of foreign origin being officially registered in Laos, as well as Laotian products obtaining registration overseas.
Trademark owners, applicants and others seeking to utilise Laos's burgeoning legal framework concerning trademark protection have been given much-needed clarity with updated guidance from the Ministry of Science and Technology. In February 2020 Decision 2822/MOST came into effect to elucidate the complete scope of the Amended Law on Intellectual Property. This article highlights some of the decision's notable elements for applicants and trademark owners in Laos.