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Tilleke & Gibbins is, arguably, ‘one of the best firms in the region’ in the IP space and ‘clients can always count on it to be able to answer not just IP questions but ones on anything else in the region’. Thomas Treutler, who is ‘very approachable for a senior practitioner – he is excellently skilled and knowledgeable’, leads the practice, which advises well-known names on trade mark and patent registration, opposition and enforcement matters. Principal Loc Xuan Le, in addition to having ‘extensive experience in trade mark infringement matters’, handles web domain disputes; he represented Western Digital in two cases to retrieve three domains. Other highlights include Linh Thi Mai Nguyen advising Cartier on securing the registration of its red jewellery boxes as a trade mark, while trade mark executive Hang Thi Nguyen, who is ‘responsive, regardless of the subject matter and degree’, successfully represented watch company Ebel in a trade mark opposition against a Chinese watchmaker. Thang Duc Nguyen, who heads the firm’s patent group, is also a key name for patent prosecution matters. Other clients include Honda, Koch Industries and pharmaceutical-sector luminaries such as Pfizer, Roche and Merck.

Baker McKenzie’s practice covers intellectual property registration and disputes matters regarding trade marks and patents, as well as franchising concerning leading retail brands. Manh Hung Tran represented Louis Vuitton in trade mark registration proceedings, after the mark was rejected following a similar trade mark having been registered; the conflicting registration was cancelled and Louis Vuitton’s mark registered. In the patent space, Hung advised a wood producer on registering a patent in the US. Minh Tri Quach represents well-known brands in patent and trade mark infringement cases. The firm has the ability to handle local law litigation and filings via BMVN International LLC. Other clients include Inditex, which the firm advised on its first franchised Zara store in Vietnam, and FedEx.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team, led by counsel Nga Nguyen, represents owners of well-known trade marks and copyright in registration, opposition and enforcement matters, as well as advising on transactions. Clients include Biofarma, Mattel and Kinh Do (which is majority-owned by Mondelez), among other leading industry players.

Frasers Law Company handles a strong range of transactional intellectual property matters, as well as enforcement matters concerning copyrights and trade marks. Mark Fraser advises an electronics company on a dispute with a former distributor regarding unauthorised trade mark use. Nguyen Van Vien is also a key contact. Clients include leading names in the luxury products, pharmaceutical and fast-moving consumer goods sectors.

Rouse Legal’s Vietnam office, led by Chris Vale, undertakes trade mark matters for leading Western brands across a range of sectors, covering registration and anti-counterfeiting advice. Vale, executive Yen Vu and senior associate and trade mark head Anh Nguyen advised Wrigley Company on registering the word ‘extra’ for chewing gum, following an initial refusal. Other clients include the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Van Yen and Moc Chau communities, which the firm assisted with registering geographical origins for Van Yen cinnamon and Moc Chau Shan Tuyet tea in Thailand. Other clients include Pharmavite, and leading players in publishing, the media, and engineering.

Schmitt & Orlov acts for a range of luxury goods manufacturers, publishers, clothing manufacturers and others in infringement claims and also handles registration matters. Hau Nguyen is the firm’s country manager, with Ha Duc Tran also a key contact. Clients include Hachette Filipacchi Presse, which the firm advises on trade mark oppositions as well as filings, and Longchamp, which it advises on matters across the region.

ZICO Law’s Phuong Nguyen advises owners of international brands on trade mark applications, licensing and franchising matters, while David Lim’s work includes due diligence in IP-rich transactions.


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D & N International covers trade mark and patent filings and contested registrations, as well as litigation. Managing director Dang TH Thuy and Dang Thi To Hang successfully acted for Samsung Electronics in securing the refusal of an attempt by a Chinese company to register ‘CM Samsung Machine Tools’ as a trade mark. In the enforcement space, Thuy and Dang Thi Hong Nga advised Hershey’s on seizing chocolates made by a Vietnamese producer, which infringed its 3D trade mark for Hershey Kisses. Other clients include Kaufland, Heys International and Association Suisse des AOP-IGP. Associate Doan Thanh Nga is also a key contact.

SB LAW’s ‘professional, responsive and experienced team’ provides ‘an excellent service’. Pham Duy Khuong advises well-known Vietnamese and international businesses on dealing with counterfeiting and other infringement, as well as handling international registrations and freedom to operate checks, among other work. Khuong advised Sabeco, which produces Saigon Beer, on registering its trade marks in the US, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia. Other clients include Canal+, Vinaphone and Harvest Corporation. Patent highlights include advising on registrations of chemical, pharmaceutical and medical patents, as well as assisting with industrial design registration. Nguyen Tien Hoa is also involved in key mandates.

Vision & Associates’ IP practice, led by Do Quang Hung, advises owners of world-renowned intellectual property on anti-counterfeiting, registration oppositions and filings concerning trade marks and patents. At partner level, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha is a key contact, while senior associates Nguyen Vu Quan and Nguyen Thuy Hong are also noted. Clients include Jack Daniel’s, Herbalife, Marvel Entertainment and Unilever.

Bross & Partners, which is based in Hanoi, handles trade mark registration matters as well as some IP disputes. The firm has a track record acting for, among others, food industry companies including Vietfoods. Managing partner Tran Anh Hung is a key contact. Tran Quang Huy is now at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

IPMAX Law Firm works with leading international brands in the fashion, food and drink, and pharmaceutical industries, plus foreign law firms on combatting counterfeiting, as well as opposing the registration of confusingly similar marks. Son Doan is managing partner, with senior associate Lam Nguyen also a key contact.

Pham & Associates, led by Pham Vu Khanh Toan, covers the full gamut of intellectual property matters, including cancellation actions. Highlights included advising a Japanese-Vietnamese joint venture providing security services on cancelling a trade mark registered in bad faith, and representing Akzo Nobel in opposing an application by a Vietnamese company to register ‘Azcobell’ as a trade mark in the paints class. Defence-side work includes representing Marico South East Asia in resisting an attempt by Hugo Boss to cancel its trade mark for ‘X X-Men For Boss’ shampoo.

Trung Thuc JSC’s team is ‘responsive and accurate’ in ‘providing very fast and efficient advice’, handling work concerning patent prosecutions and searches, as well as some trade mark matters. Manging patent attorney Thieu Hai Yen is ‘knowledgeable and always provides effective service’, with senior associate Nguyen Viet Thang also a key contact. Clients include Yamaha Motor Company and Vesuvius.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers handles heavyweight transactional and licensing matters, as well as administrative proceedings and court litigation concerning passing off and other firms of infringement. Chau Huy Quang is a name to note for litigation, with Vu Thi Que advising on complex licensing transactions; foreign counsel Logan Leung’s expertise straddles both areas. Clients include businesses in sectors ranging from hospitality and real estate through to education and the pharmaceutical industry.


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