Linh Thi Mai Nguyen

Head of Trademark – Vietnam
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LLM, Franklin Pierce Law Center

LLB, Hanoi Law University

Linh Thi Mai Nguyen heads the Tilleke & Gibbins trademark team in Vietnam and is recognized as a leading trademark attorney by the WTR 1000. Linh brings to the firm a comprehensive understanding of Vietnamese IP law both from a lawyer’s perspective and from the viewpoint of Vietnam’s legislators and judiciary, the product of more than a decade of experience as a lawyer advising owners of world-famous brands on protecting their IP rights in Vietnam, and five years as a legal program officer with the USAID-funded STAR project, where she coordinated with government agencies to ensure that Vietnam’s legal regime complied with international commitments.

Linh has crafted persuasive arguments to win appeals and oppositions for foreign trademark holders in the fashion and consumer goods industries. She has also represented major franchises from the U.S. in the real estate and fitness sectors to resolve disputes with franchisees in Vietnam, and secure the protection of the IP assets of the franchisor.

A graduate of the Hanoi Law University, Linh was later awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to obtain an LLM in the United States from the Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law).

Linh is a licensed IP agent and a qualified lawyer of the Hanoi Bar Association. She serves on the executive board of the Vietnam Intellectual Property Association (VIPA) and is a member of VIPA's International Cooperation Committee. She is also a member of INTA's Trademark Office Practices Committee.

  • Represented and advised one of the world’s leading motorbike manufacturing companies to successfully fight against Chinese counterfeits.

  • Dealt with various trademark infringements in Vietnam on behalf of world-leading cosmetics and fashion companies.

  • Acted for U.S.-based multinational fast-moving consumer goods companies in various trademark disputes and infringements in Vietnam.

  • Helped an Italian confectionery company to enforce its trademark rights in Vietnam.

  • Advised a Singaporean coffee-manufacturing company in a trademark dispute with a world-leading fast-food company.

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February 12, 2018

Managing IP: Thang Duc Nguyen and Linh Thi Mai Nguyen Quoted on Vietnam’s IP Procedures

Linh Thi Mai Nguyen, Thang Duc Nguyen

On January 15, 2018, Vietnam implemented changes to its patent and trademark examination procedures to bring them more in line with international standards. In a recently published article on the...

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February 6, 2018

IP Stars 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in Top Tier for Trademark in Vietnam

Tilleke & Gibbins’ trademark practice in Vietnam again received top-tier recognition from Managing Intellectual Property  in its 2018 IP Stars rankings. The Vietnam team was ranked in Tier 1...

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January 25, 2018

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam Trademark Practice Ranked in “Gold Band” for 2018

Tilleke & Gibbins Vietnam has been ranked in the “Gold Band” for the eighth consecutive year in the 2018 edition of WTR 1000, a publication by World Trademark Review  showcasing...

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December 12, 2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018: Vietnam IP Practice Placed in Top Tier

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Intellectual Property practice was ranked in Band 1 in Vietnam in the 2018 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific. This is the 10th consecutive year the firm has achieved this top-...

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November 30, 2017

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in Tier 1 for IP and Labor in Vietnam

Tilleke & Gibbins stands alone at the top of the field in Intellectual Property (International Firms) in Vietnam, according to the latest rankings from The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. The highly...

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December 2, 2017

Key Changes in Amended Circular 01

Thang Duc Nguyen, Linh Thi Mai Nguyen

Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN, an important legal document in the intellectual property area in Vietnam, was recently amended for the fourth time,1 with the changes to take effect on January 15, 2018...

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November 24, 2017

PLC Copyright Litigation Global Guide 2017 – Vietnam Chapter

Linh Thi Mai Nguyen, Loc Xuan Le

Practical Law Company has launched the 2017 edition of its Copyright Litigation Global Guide, with a chapter on Vietnam authored by Linh Thi Mai Nguyen and Loc Xuan Le. Previously published under the...

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June 29, 2017

Vietnam: Bad Faith Trademark Filings

Anh Hoai Nguyen, Linh Thi Mai Nguyen

Bad faith trademark filings are not uncommon in Vietnam. In fact, bad faith is often included under the label of “dishonesty basis” as a ground for opposition or cancellation of a trademark...

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February 21, 2017

3D Trademarks in Vietnam: Multiple Dimensions of Uncertainty

Linh Thi Mai Nguyen

Under Vietnam’s Intellectual Property Law, three-dimensional trademarks are registrable, with the same criteria for protection as two-dimensional marks. However, a sense of confusion is inevitable...

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February 6, 2017

PLC Doing Business in … Global Guide 2017 – Vietnam Chapter

Attorneys from Tilleke & Gibbins have written the Vietnam chapter of Practical Law Company’s Doing Business in … Global Guide, an essential handbook for businesses looking to expand their...

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