Intellectual property: international firms in Vietnam

Baker McKenzie

The 'high-quality' intellectual property team at Baker McKenzie provides a comprehensive service on various matters with a focus on copyright and anti-counterfeiting strategies issues. Overseen by managing director Manh Hung Tran in Hanoi, the team acts for leading clients in the retail and pharmaceutical sector among others on licencing, enforcement and trade mark registration. Tran is noted for representing well-known clients in the fashion sector, among others, in contentious and non-contentious matters. Some other mandates include sensitive patent matters. Nguyen Thi Lam joined the team from Rouse Legal, bringing two decades worth of trade mark expertise. Minh Tri Quach is also a partner of note.

Practice head(s):

Tran Manh Hung

Other key lawyers:

Quach Minh Tri


‘Baker McKenzie provides clear and practical advice taking into considering the local environment which is what clients need in their decision making.’

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins covers all three core types of IP, with a particular strength in work for the pharmaceuticals sector and expertise in anti-counterfeiting matters. Loc Xuan Le in Hanoi and Trung Nguyen in Ho Chi Minh City head an IP enforcement practice that handles cross-border trade mark and anti-counterfeiting matters with experience in reclaiming web domain names from squatters. Head of patents Thang Duc Nguyen, and Linh Thi Mai Nguyen, who oversees trademarks are key contacts in the group. Managing partner Thomas Treutler is also praised by clients in this space.

Practice head(s):

Thang Duc Nguyen; Linh Thi Mai Nguyen; Loc Xuan Le; Trung Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Treutler


‘The team is extremely pro-active. Their response times are speedy and well thought out. They are very knowledgeable of the legal and local conditions and can assist in strategy.’

‘Thomas Treutler is a go-to person for any IP issues faced by clients in Vietnam. He is intelligent and has the pro-active ability to strategise for the client.’

Key clients



Boehringer Ingelheim

Eli Lilly

General Electric

Les Laboratoires Servier

Merck, Sharp & Dohme (MSD)



Western Digital

Work highlights

  • Advised BMW on in the successful reclamation of a web domain using its name registered by cybersquatter.

Frasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company's IP practice advises on the full range of matters for clients across a range of sectors, with key instructions including challenging copyright infringement, trade mark dispute and patent matters. Practice head Nguyen Van Vien is a key contact, and remains a key contact to note, and Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz are also active in this space. The team has cross-border capabilities and has experience handling high-value work for international clients. Key industry sectors for the practice include consumer products and chemicals.

Practice head(s):

Nguyen Van Vien

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fraser; Justin Gisz

Key clients

Family Mart

Ascina Capital

Wang Jing & Co.

Navitas Ltd.

NVT Consulting Co., Ltd.

Kimball Electronics

King & Wood Mallesons

Oriente Finance


Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice, headed by Nga Ngyuen in Hanoi, the team has experience in copyright enforcement and domain name protection. Ho Chi Minh City-based associate My Doan is skilled in handling IP disputes including unfair competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Nga Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

My Doan

Rouse Legal

Rouse Legal has considerable experience in IP management and enforcement matters and has the ability to handle cross-border work in Laos and Cambodia. Hai Anh Nguyen is the leading trademark and patents practitioner in the team, as well as managing partner Yen Vu who has expertise in trade secrets litigation. Key contacts also include Hong-Kong based Chris Vale who has experience handling contentious and non-contentious IP work for big-name clients. Nina Nguyen holds expertise in dispute resolution and Dung Vu is recommended for patent prosecution.

Practice head(s):

Yen Vu; Hai Anh Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Nina Nguyen; Dung Vu

Key clients

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.


ZICO Law covers the full spectrum of intellectual property matters such as patent protection, enforcement and litigation. The team has a strong alliance with its ASEAN offices, offering clients a seamless cross-border service. Phuong Nguyen heads the practice, with Hung Nguyen also notable.

Practice head(s):

Phuong Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Hung Nguyen