The Hero of labor, Mr. Ho Quang Cua, representative of ST25 author group of the world’s best rice 2019 and Ho Quang Tri Private Enterprise, the author’s family enterprise, has just authorized The PAN Group (HNX: PAN) to take up procedures to protect the trademarks of ST24, ST25 and ST24 and ST25 rice varieties in key brand rice export markets.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Tra My, CEO of the PAN Group
Specifically, The PAN Group is authorized to register for the establishment of ownership of plant varieties "ST24", "ST25" in the above-mentioned territories, to register for protection of related trademarks, as well as the appropriate actions to prevent and protect the intellectual property of the owner.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Tra My, CEO of The PAN Group shared with NDH newspaper that: “When conducting cooperation, the most important target that we aim to achieve is to preserve and enhance the brand of Vietnamese agricultural products. Based on the authorization document, The PAN Group has an urgent basis for registration of protection in international markets”, Ms. Tra My emphasized. The PAN group’s leaders also said that the contents of trade cooperation between the two sides are in the latter step, serving as a secondary role.
"We are also very happy to receive the companionship of the authorities, they are Vietnam Trade Offices in those countries, in sending letters protesting against the unjustified trademark registration of foreign enterprises,” said Ms. Tra My
The leader with long experience in international cooperation also said that the company is fully aware that dealing with commercial disputes will be difficult. However, with the position and experience of The PAN Group, Ms. Tra My believes that the trademark registration in international markets will be resolved satisfactorily.
The Hero of Labor, Mr. Ho Quang Cua, and rice products ST24 and ST25 bred and developed by him. Photo: Can Tho newspaper.
Earlier on April 22, a company named T & L Global Foods Supply had filed an application for trademark protection of ST25 rice in Australia. Similarly, rice brand ST25 is also registered for protection by 4 organizations and individuals in the US. About this issue, Mr. Bui Huy Son, in charge of the Vietnam Trade Office in the United States informed that he had exchanged with the authorities of this country and confirmed the origin of the ST25 rice variety invented by a group of Vietnamese scientists. This rice variety won the first prize in the 2019 World’s Best Rice Contest and the second prize in this contest in 2020 in the US. The US side then guided the process of complaining other businesses’ trademark registration of ST25.
Similarly, the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia also sent an official dispatch and some accompanying documents and pictures to the Australian Intellectual Property Office (IP Australia) to clarify that the rice varieties named ST 24, ST 25 are due to Mr. Ho Quang Cua and a group of Vietnamese scientists successfully researched, produced, and was granted a protection certificate in Vietnam.
According to NDH.vn