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Baker McKenzie assists with copyright, brand protection, anti-piracy, litigation and IP-rich transactional matters. The firm provides ‘great service overall’ as it is ‘responsive to queries’ and gives ‘solid and sincere advice’. Recommended individuals include Manh Hung Tran, who heads the practice and advises multinational companies on contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP law, and Minh Tri Quach, who has over 15 years of experience and is ‘patient in listening and addressing his clients’ concerns offering practical solutions’ and ‘goes the extra mile to complete his tasks’. Significant clients come from the fashion, food and beverage, technology, pharmaceutical, entertainment, education, manufacturing and consumer goods industries. The team advised Inditex on franchising and registration arrangements for its fashion brands Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear in Vietnam.

Tilleke & Gibbins has a good reputation for anti-counterfeiting, strategic filling advice and commercial IP work. Its service is described as ‘excellent’ and the lawyers have ‘very fast response and strong communication skills’. The firm advises clients in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, fashion, biotechnology, electronics and semiconductors sectors on issues including patents, industrial designs and trade marks. Key names include ‘very amiable and accessible’ managing partner Thomas Treutler, who is popular with US clients, and head of IP enforcement Loc Xuan Le, who   ‘consistently provides clear, creative and practical advice in a timely manner and is flexible in accommodating any requests’. Other names to note include Linh Thi Mai Nguyen, who heads the firm's trade mark practice and is ‘extremely reliable and fast without any compromise on quality’, and patent head Thang Duc Nguyen who specialises in prosecution and industrial design applications for foreign clients. Changes in the team include the arrival of Van Le from Pham & Associates. Loc Xuan Le is a notable name for contentious work.

Frasers Law Company advises on registration and enforcement of trade marks, patents and copyrights, as well as drafting technology transfer contracts and advising on the protection of trade secrets. The head of the IP practice is Nguyen Van Vien, whose 'commitment enables the firm to provide cutting-edge legal advice'. Clients include known names from manufacturing, education, media, hospitality and technology, with many of its cases cross-border and high-value and on behalf of international enterprises and joint ventures.

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides a full service across IP applications, registrations, oppositions, commercialisation, transfers and enforcement, covering trade marks, patents, copyright and web domains. Leading lawyers in the team include counsel Nga Ngyuen, who acts for the owners of numerous well-known brands in cases against infringers. Clients include leading businesses in the fashion, food and beverage, technology, financial services, pharmaceutical, entertainment and consumer goods sectors, such as Biofarma and Polaris. Recent work includes advising the Hong Kong Trade Development Council on trademark expansion into several countries and assisting Yonex with trade mark registration and other cross-border and high-profile matters. Associate My Doan is a new hire from Rouse Legal.

Rouse Legal provides a full range of services from strategic consultancy through to IP management, enforcement and commercialisation for clients ranging from start-ups to some of the world’s largest IP rights owners, including key names in the technology, food and beverage, fashion, oil and gas, and electronics industries. Key names include managing partner Chris Vale, who has been in Vietnam for over 15 years and focuses on global IP strategy and brand management for a number of leading brand owners, and country manager Yen Vu who advises on patent disputes, trade secret matters and trade mark disputes in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The team was enriched by the arrivals of Yoonyoung Lee and associate Nga Tring. Work highlights include matters involving counterfeit Bosch and Hewlett-Packard enterprise products, and a trade mark opposition case for the Scotch Whisky Association.

Schmitt & Orlov covers the full scope of IP work, including trade marks, patents, industrial designs, copyrights, domain names and trade secrets as well as transactional IP matters. Key names include Vanja Kovacevic, who heads the team, and Hau Nguyen, who focuses on managing IP portfolios as well as trade mark prosecutions, renewals and invalidations. Ha Duc Tran heads the enforcement side of the practice. Clients include international names from the publishing, sports, entertainment, fashion, oil & gas, software, food & beverage, cosmetics and construction industries.

ZICO Law specialises in advising owners of international brands on contentious and non-contentious trademark matters such as enforcement, trade mark applications, licensing and franchising. Its clients come from sectors including biotechnology, sports, food and beverage, consumer goods, medicine, and manufacturing.

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