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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. Senior partner Le Quang Vinh is a key contact.

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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