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Intellectual Property — Vietnam


Baker McKenzie - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Popular IP practice with outstanding expertise in brand protection matters, and working alongside dedicated local litigation arm BMVN. Also takes on anti-counterfeiting matters and copyright infringements. Attracts well-known corporate clients from the media, technology and consumer goods industries. Works closely with its extensive international network to provide seamless cross-border services.

Strengths One client reports that the team "provides a high level of service."

Peers confirm that the group has a strong market presence: "They're very active in this area and have a lot of clients."

Work highlights Represented Federal Express in an opposition action regarding the contested 'FEDEX' mark.

Advised Inditex on its franchising project to register Zara in Vietnam, including advising on various contentious trade mark matters.

Notable practitioners

Team leader Manh Hung Tran is described by one peer as "a big name in the IP field." He is skilled at handling both contentious and non-contentious issues, with trade marks as a particular area of expertise. He acted for Louis Vuitton Malletier in filing a number of industrial design protections.

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Pham & Associates - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-resourced local group with an extensive IP-focused bench. Renowned for its handling of patent protection and enforcement matters, with additional capabilities in trade marks, and copyright matters and trade secrets issues.

Strengths A client endorses the team, saying: "A good patent prosecution firm that I would recommend."

Another source states: "They are a very strong firm for IP."

Notable practitioners

Pham Vu Khanh Toan is described by peers as "very smart and knowledgeable." He is best known for his work handling patent matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

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Tilleke & Gibbins - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout IP firm with a significant capacity for the prosecution and enforcement of patents, industrial designs and trade marks. Further boosted by practitioners with chemical, biotech and electronics expertise. Also in demand for its enforcement work, where it has handled a number of significant patent infringement cases as well as trade mark and counterfeiting issues. Highly active representing clients in the pharmaceutical business.

Strengths One client emphasises the team's enforcement prowess: "They work very well and have a strong investigative team to support the initial phases of IP enforcement."

Another interviewee praises the lawyers' speedy communication: "Responses from them are lightning-fast and precise. They address exactly what I am asking for, with the greatest respect for the time."

Work highlights Successfully registered Cartier's 'red box' as a three-dimensional trade mark in Vietnam.

Assisted VOX Amplification in successfully reversing a 2015 refusal by the National Office Of Intellectual Property to register the 'VOX' trade mark in Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Treutler is well known for his patent work, especially in relation to pharmaceutical and life science-related issues. One client is impressed that he is "very approachable and down-to-earth."

Loc Xuan Le is highlighted by peers as being very active in the market, with sources emphasising his skill in enforcement matters. He is also experienced in taking on domain name, patent and anti-counterfeiting issues.

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The Tilleke & Gibbins IP practice, one of the most prominent and experienced among foreign law firms in Vietnam, handles all aspects of IP and enjoys an international reputation in areas including anti-counterfeiting, strategic filing advice, and commercial IP work.

Our top-ranked patent practice comprises a comprehensive group of patent experts armed with highly technical credentials and industry experience in areas from pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to electronics and semiconductors.

With one of the largest trademark practices in Vietnam, we regularly handle trademark searches; registration and prosecution of marks; recordal of changes/assignments; oppositions; cancellations; renewals; registration of trademark and service mark license agreements; watch services; coexistences; and customs recordal.

In terms of contentious work and enforcement, we continue to lead the way through our implementation of new enforcement strategies. We have argued some of the first patent infringement cases ever heard by Vietnamese courts, and have established a successful domain name practice. We have full in-house investigative teams in both Hanoi and HCMC, staffed with seasoned experts who have worked for top international law firms as well as with law enforcement. Our investigators are constantly in the field, on the lookout for infringements, and employ creative strategies to track down traders, distributors, and manufacturers of infringing and counterfeit goods.

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Vision & Associates - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises blue-chip clients in the media, consumer products and technology sectors on the prosecution and enforcement of IP rights, including industrial designs, patents and trade marks. Also advises on domain name protection and the resolution of cyber-squatting issues, and continues to handle anti-counterfeiting actions. Well respected for its deep bench of experienced practitioners.

Strengths Sources report that the team is particularly "good at local filing work."

Work highlights Acted for Foxtons in filing an opposition against another party's pending trade mark application for a logo identical to Foxtons'.

Represented Charles & Keith in a trade mark infringement case.

Notable practitioners

Le Thi Kim Dzung is best known for her work in the patent space, and has previously worked for the National Office for Intellectual Property. She handles both transactional and contentious issues.

Do Quang Hung is the leader of the trade mark practice at the firm and is highly thought of in the market for his work in this area. He is well known for representing major clients on contentious matters and acted for Charles & Keith in a trade mark infringement case.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established team focused on trade mark enforcements, acting notably for clients in the technology and automotive industries. Its wide-ranging work includes data protection, domain name, copyright and false advertising issues. Draws on its global network when representing international clients and is also highly skilled at taking on work for high-profile local businesses.

Strengths One client says: "Their communication with their clients is a main strength."

Notable practitioners

Thi Phi Nga Nguyen is well known for her work in the trade mark sphere, representing significant clients on applications, investigations and registrations, as well as contentious issues. One client reports: "She was very knowledgeable regarding local IP laws and regulations, and communicated very well with me on all cases."

About the Team (content provided by Hogan Lovells International LLP)

Hogan Lovells Vietnam intellectual property practice is a leading player in its field. Our Vietnam intellectual property team is noteworthy for its skill and persistence in dealing with complex intellectual property matters with an international context.  We provide a comprehensive range of IP services for long-standing and Hogan Lovells network clients, including advice on IP applications, registrations, oppositions, commercialisation, transfers and enforcement of trademarks, patents, copyright and related rights and issues, such as domain name protection.

We also handle IP-related matters, such as, labelling, false representation and advertising, product quality regulations, standards and safety, unfair competition and data protection matters. With our regional and international support, the Vietnam team is able to handle cross-border/multi-jurisdictional intellectual property issues across the world.

We are leaders in the field of IP work in Vietnam and see ourselves at least on a par with fellow top tier firms in the region. Our two offices and teams in Vietnam continue to expand and grow. Closely collaborating with our other international offices, we are able to work on market leading matters with an enviable list of world famous brands and companies.  Our award winning Vietnam IP practice is both locally and internationally recognized by competitors and clients alike and in various press mentions and publications.

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IPMax - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent IP boutique handling contentious trade mark and counterfeiting cases on behalf of well-known global brand owners in the food, beverage and apparel sectors. Demonstrates impressive abilities dealing with oppositions, infringements and subsequent appeals. Also well versed in assisting with anti-counterfeiting raids.

Strengths Peers describe IPMax as "a local firm which provides a good service."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Son Doan is considered to be a "very good hand" in the IP space by his peers. He is acclaimed for his work advising on trade mark infringement matters.

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Rouse - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regional practice offering significant resources, including a dedicated team based in Vietnam. Works in close concert with its global offices to provide extensive service across South-East Asia. Advises an impressive roster of blue-chip clients on anti-counterfeiting activities, including the co-ordination of raids. Notable capabilities extend to the robust handling of trade mark infringement and opposition cases.

Work highlights Represented Wrigley in overcoming a provisional refusal by the National Office Of Intellectual Property to protect the client's 'Extra' mark.

Successfully acted for Pharmavite in securing National Office Of Intellectual Property agreement that a competitor's application for a 'Nature Made' mark, confusingly similar to Pharmavite's own, should be rejected.

Notable practitioners

Chris Vale is a key contact at the firm.

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D&N International - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-connected IP practice handling all manner of trade mark, patent and design matters, from registration to enforcement. Noted also for its reputation in taking on domain name disputes. Adept at handling litigious and regulatory matters for many leading global brand owners with significant operations in Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Dang Thi To Hang is the managing partner and a key contact for IP issues.

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Frasers Law Company - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well regarded for its IP-related transactional skills including IP issues arising from acquisitions and the dissolution of joint ventures. Equally adept in contentious matters covering the protection and enforcement of all types of IP assets, with a focus on trade marks and the protection of trade secrets. Regularly represents businesses in the food and beverage, retail, education and biotechnology spheres.

Work highlights Acting for LifeStyle Project Management on IP issues linked to its Timo digital banking platform and further related to its sale of a strategic equity stake in the business to Sun Life Assurance.

Notable practitioners

Van Vien Nguyen heads the IP team and is considered by peers to be "a good hand for trade mark matters." He recently acted for LifeStyle Project Management in connection with IP aspects of its issuance to Sun Life Assurance of an equity stake.

About the Team (content provided by Frasers Law Company)

Frasers’ intellectual property (IP) practice group advises and assists clients across many industry sectors on a full range of IP matters, including registration and enforcement of trademarks, patents, copyright, drafting technology transfer contracts, as well as contentious IP matters relating to copyright, patent and trademark infringement and protection of trade secrets.

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Trung Thuc JSC - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded patent prosecution boutique that handles a significant volume of patent cases for clients in varied industries. Frequently acts as local adviser to global law firms seeking Vietnamese expertise. Provides major international businesses with impressive technical expertise in the mechanical, chemical, biotech and telecoms areas.

Strengths One client reports: "Requirements in Vietnam can be problematic, but we have found Trung Thuc always provides good advice as to the best way to respond to those requirements."

Another source describes the group as "responsive and accurate."

Notable practitioners

Hai Yen Thieu is the firm's managing patent attorney and regularly handles cases for clients in the food and drink, pharmaceutical and life science industries. She is also well known for advising on trade mark and industrial design matters.

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IPMax

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Son Doan is considered to be a "very good hand" in the IP space by his peers. He is acclaimed for his work advising on trade mark infringement matters.

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BMVN International LLC

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Team leader Manh Hung Tran is described by one peer as "a big name in the IP field." He is skilled at handling both contentious and non-contentious issues, with trade marks as a particular area of expertise. He acted for Louis Vuitton Malletier in filing a number of industrial design protections.

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Thomas J Treutler

Tilleke & Gibbins

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Thomas Treutler is well known for his patent work, especially in relation to pharmaceutical and life science-related issues. One client is impressed that he is "very approachable and down-to-earth."

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Band 2

Vision & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Le Thi Kim Dzung is best known for her work in the patent space, and has previously worked for the National Office for Intellectual Property. She handles both transactional and contentious issues.

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Band 2

Vision & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Do Quang Hung is the leader of the trade mark practice at the firm and is highly thought of in the market for his work in this area. He is well known for representing major clients on contentious matters and acted for Charles & Keith in a trade mark infringement case.

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Band 2

Le & Le

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Hoai Duong Le of Le & Le is described by one peer as "a good hand, very knowledgeable in patent matters." He is particularly respected for his strong academic track record in the IP space.

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Tilleke & Gibbins

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Loc Xuan Le is highlighted by peers as being very active in the market, with sources emphasising his skill in enforcement matters. He is also experienced in taking on domain name, patent and anti-counterfeiting issues.

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Thi Phi Nga Nguyen

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Thi Phi Nga Nguyen is well known for her work in the trade mark sphere, representing significant clients on applications, investigations and registrations, as well as contentious issues. One client reports: "She was very knowledgeable regarding local IP laws and regulations, and communicated very well with me on all cases."

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Trung Thuc JSC

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Hai Yen Thieu is the firm's managing patent attorney and regularly handles cases for clients in the food and drink, pharmaceutical and life science industries. She is also well known for advising on trade mark and industrial design matters.

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Pham Vu Khanh Toan

Pham & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Pham Vu Khanh Toan is described by peers as "very smart and knowledgeable." He is best known for his work handling patent matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

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Band 3

ALIAT Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Duong Thanh Long is a founding partner of ALIAT Legal, and has extensive experience representing clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors on IP-related matters. He also works with local authorities to protect branded local agriculture products.

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Frasers Law Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Van Vien Nguyen heads the IP team and is considered by peers to be "a good hand for trade mark matters." He recently acted for LifeStyle Project Management in connection with IP aspects of its issuance to Sun Life Assurance of an equity stake.

^ See whole ranking table