Patent practice in Vietnam continues to gather pace, in keeping with robust economic growth; it is now a manufacturing powerhouse and an increasingly attractive consumer market. Domestic and foreign players – chiefly in the pharmaceuticals and automotive sectors – are seeking to acquire intangible assets in the jurisdiction in ever greater numbers; filings are thus rising steadily, although litigation remains sparse. Developing higher-quality patent dispute resolution mechanisms is a high priority for professionals and commercial interests alike.
D&N InternationalThe country’s oldest IP law firm, D&N International works ably across the patent lifecycle; the elite outfit has cultivated its non-contentious abilities over many years and is also a dab hand in big-ticket disputes. With a strong presence in Laos and Cambodia, it is ideally placed to assist rights holders with ambitions to make incursions off the beaten track. Seasoned campaigner Thuy Dang brings 30 years’ wisdom to the table; her incisive legal know-how is matched by finely honed commercial instincts. Having served a seven-year stint at the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) before founding the practice in 1992, she always hits the target with patent applications.
Invenco (Vietnam International Trademarks & Patents Agent)The superb patent offering at Invenco is grounded on a solid bedrock of scientific expertise; its highly qualified practitioners quickly get to grips with new technologies and pinpoint which specific aspects are in need of protection. Among the most prolific filers in the country, the firm is efficient and proactive when interfacing with the NOIP. Its prosecution division is favoured by major innovators from Japan, South Korea, Europe and North America. Vu Huong Giang helms the award-winning team.
Pham & AssociatesAttentive, flexible client care is the hallmark of Pham & Associates’s IP service. Its talented professionals – who boast a slew of advanced qualifications from Vietnamese and foreign universities – account for a sizeable share of domestic applications and expertly guide global inventors around the country’s myriad obstacles to patent protection. Founding partner Vu Khanh Toan Pham understands the intricacies of national patent law and can explain them in simple terms; the worldly practitioner counts Citigroup, AstraZeneca, Yamaha and Microsoft among his clients.
Rouse LegalRouse Legal’s outposts in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are vital cogs in the firm’s impressive East Asian network. A preferred choice for multi-jurisdictional briefs, the team has a nuanced grasp of the regional patent system and is also a prime pick for tricky domestic instructions; its wide-ranging investigative abilities are another boon for patrons. Working alongside associate agency Sao Bac Dau IP to procure unassailable patents, Rouse enforces and monetises intangible assets with equal aplomb. Chris Vale manages the firm’s operations in Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Tilleke & GibbinsThai powerhouse Tilleke & Gibbins is also a premier player in Vietnam. With a combined 300 years’ IP experience, its 30 legal professionals possess outstanding technical and industry knowledge; while well-drilled support staff ensure that the firm’s expert service is delivered without a hitch. A patent litigation trailblazer, the firm acted in some of the country’s first infringement suits and is a valiant defender of the rights of innovative pharmaceuticals concerns. It also maintains a flourishing prosecution practice, which processes more than 10% of all NOIP filings. Qualified to practise in Vietnam and the United States, lynchpin Thomas Treutler collaborates brilliantly with multinational clients; he works with equal skill on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. Spearheading the enforcement team is Loc Xuan Le, who has prevailed in several recent disputes on behalf of global drug companies; enjoying close relationships with relevant authorities, he has also won large seizures of infringing motorcycles.
TRUNG THUC JSCClients are in good hands with TRUNG THUC, a patent-focused boutique famed for its responsive, hands-on approach; it has a strict 24-hour window for enquiry responses. Such dedication, matched with technical excellence and an ethos of innovation, has made the firm a favoured provider of prosecution services, especially to innovators in the telecommunications, automotive and pharmaceuticals spaces. Veteran practitioner Hai Yen Thieu “is a very diligent and proactive agent, greatly knowledgeable about Vietnamese patent law. She takes steps to ensure that applications are presented to examiners in the best possible condition and always alerts clients to potential problems”. Colleague Viet Thang Nguyen is a sought-after counsellor on all things electronic and mechanical.
VCCI-IP Co LtdThe first agency permitted to process foreign patent applications, state-founded VCCI-IP (Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry) has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 1984. Its crack team of 24 professionals – ably supported by 40 scientific experts – has the wherewithal to thrive on even the most challenging and varied portfolio development projects. Japanese clients provide the firm with the lion’s share of its work; it serves many marquee names in the automotive and electronics industries.
Vision & AssociatesIntellectual property is a central pillar of Vision & Associates’s illustrious commercial offering; its well-rounded practitioners blend specialist knowledge with a big-picture commercial perspective on patents. Helming the team is Nguyen Nguyet Dzung, who makes light work of prosecution mandates for blue-chips such as Samsung, LG, Lundbeck, Mitsubishi and Nokia. Managing partner and former NOIP examiner Pham Nghiem Xuan Bac has a flair for obtaining cast-iron rights and leveraging them to maximum effect.
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