Thomas J. Treutler

Partner and Managing Director, Vietnam
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Thomas J. Treutler is the managing director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offices. Tom is registered to practice as a foreign lawyer in Vietnam and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a qualified patent attorney.

Recognized as a leading lawyer in intellectual property by Chambers, The Legal 500, and Managing IP, Tom has extensive experience in IP enforcement and has secured a number of landmark patent infringement victories for foreign companies operating in the life sciences and technology sectors. Under Tom’s leadership, Tilleke & Gibbins has been named IP Firm of the Year for Vietnam by Managing IP  for four of the past five years. In 2014, Tom helped lead an anti-counterfeiting action for a U.S. printer cartridge producer that was named Case of the Year for Southeast Asia by Managing IP, due to the court’s award to the plaintiff of damages and attorney fees, as well as costs for a prior administrative action.

Tom chairs the East Asia and Pacific Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee, and was appointed by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) to head the Southeast Asia Subcommittee of its IP Practice in the Far East Committee. He is also an advisor to EuroCham Vietnam’s Pharma Group (an industry group of major pharmaceutical innovators), and has assisted with drafting position papers on compulsory licensing and a roadmap for Vietnam’s compliance with the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and TRIPS. Tom also serves as a local expert for Vietnam for the European Commission’s ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk, and teaches an Introduction to IP Law course at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, a university-level academy under Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for training future diplomats.

Tom earned a BSE degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University – Bloomington School of Law. As a former patent attorney in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, he has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in the semiconductor, computer, software, electronics, communications, and medical device industries. Having lived and worked in Vietnam as a translator in the early 1990s before becoming a lawyer, Tom reads, writes and speaks Vietnamese fluently. Tom founded the Hanoi Youth Baseball Club in 2008, and his 16U team qualified for the 2015 Colt World Series in the United States.

  • Advised the Vietnamese government on post-WTO accession TRIPS compliance issues under the Beyond WTO Project funded by the World Bank.

  • Provided IP training to judges at Vietnam's Supreme Court under an EU-sponsored project.

  • Represented a major European appliance producer in a trademark infringement and unfair competition case in which a Vietnamese appliance maker falsely claimed that its products contained components produced by our client.

  • Obtained several of the largest settlements in Vietnam IPR history in multiple copyright infringement actions.

  • Obtained an expert opinion on an agrochemical patent infringement in favor of the patent owner in a landmark case in Vietnam.

  • Secured on behalf of a major European apparel label the assessment of substantial fines (approximately USD 50,000) on infringers producing counterfeit shirts and shoes. 

  • Advised a leader in wireless technology on government authorities related to the telecommunications industry.

  • Obtained professional conclusions on patent infringement by the Vietnam Intellectual Property Research Institute in an ongoing patent infringement case concerning several patented insecticides.

  • Provided a freedom-to-operate opinion pertaining to a drug for inhibiting human gastric acid secretions.

  • Helped a major U.S. hospitality chain to structure, draft, and negotiate management contracts and conduct due diligence for six hotel, resort, and condominium projects in compliance with Vietnamese law, including  land title, zoning issues, complex brand licensing, and various taxation issues.

  • Advised a timeshare entity on all aspects of its entry into the Vietnamese market including real estate ownership, leasing and management, marketing, advertising, and data privacy.

  • Advised a major Japanese construction company in a USD 140,000,000 mixed-use office, condominium and serviced apartment project in Hanoi, including all licensing matters, land title issues, zoning variances, land subdivision, joint venture negotiations, corporate governance, and property management regulations.

  • Provided in-depth advice to a global software solutions provider on doing business in Vietnam.

  • Assisted a top American restaurant franchise with franchising registration, registration updates, and general business operations.

  • Drafted the following patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office:

    • Patent No. 6,952,269 “Apparatus and method for adiabatically heating a semiconductor surface”
    • Patent No. 7,359,393 “Method and apparatus for border gateway protocol convergence using update groups”
    • Patent No. 7,376,724 “Dynamic reconfiguration of nodes in a cluster file system”
    • Patent No. 7,389,529 “Method and apparatus for generating and using nested encapsulation data”
    • Patent No. 7,415,457 “Using a cache to provide cursor isolation”
    • Patent No. 7,472,183 “Approaches for capturing illegal and undesired behavior in network components and component interactions”
    • Patent No. 7,571,241 “Method and apparatus for advertising update messages to peers and peer groups in a border gateway protocol process”
    • Patent No. 8,001,112 “Using multidimensional access as surrogate for hash table”
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May 12, 2017

ALB Awards Tier 1 Rankings to Tilleke & Gibbins’ IP Practice in Vietnam

Tilleke & Gibbins’ IP team has earned “Tier 1” rankings for “Patents” and “Trademarks/Copyright” in Vietnam. Asian Legal Business  identified the firm among a select few to be placed in the...

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April 13, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Brings INTA’s Unreal Campaign to Vietnam

On April 26, World Intellectual Property Day, Tilleke & Gibbins and the International Trademark Association (INTA) will be organizing a special student outreach event at the Hanoi Law University...

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April 11, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Among Top Copyright Firms in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam in MIP Rankings

Tilleke & Gibbins has been recognized as a “Recommended” firm in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam in Managing Intellectual Property’s 2017 copyright rankings. This is the first year that Managing...

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March 10, 2017

MIP Global Awards 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Vietnam Firm of the Year for Fourth Straight Year

Tilleke & Gibbins was again honored as Firm of the Year for Vietnam at Managing Intellectual Property’s Global Awards 2017, held at London’s Savoy Hotel on the evening of March 9. This marks the...

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March 3, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam Office Earns Top Ranking in MIP Patent Survey 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins’ IP practice in Vietnam has been recognized with the highest possible ranking in the Patent Survey 2017 by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP). The firm’s Vietnam office has...

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April 4, 2017

Vietnam Steps Up Fight Against Counterfeit Goods

Thomas J. Treutler, Trung Nguyen

Vietnamese authorities have stepped up their efforts to enforce IP rights in recent years, particularly in 2016, and especially in the area of combating counterfeit goods. According to the government...

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March 24, 2017

Vietnam-Japan PPH Begins Second Year

Thomas J. Treutler, Thang Duc Nguyen

The National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) of Vietnam will begin accepting Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) requests again on April 3, 2017. As reported last year, the NOIP signed a PPH...

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February 23, 2017

Vietnam: Loophole in “.vn” Domain Name Disputes

Thomas J. Treutler, Loc Xuan Le

Vietnam, like many other countries in the world, has an open policy on the registration and use of its country code top-level domain name, “.vn”. Accordingly, any individual or organization, whether...

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February 23, 2017

Vietnam: Improving Pharmaceutical IP Protection

Thomas J. Treutler, Hien Thi Thu Vu

Vietnam’s IP enforcement system has seen great improvements over the last several years. In particular, the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has handled many complex...

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January 23, 2017

2016 Pharmaceutical Patent Overview for Vietnam

Thomas J. Treutler, Thang Duc Nguyen, Hien Thi Thu Vu

With a population approaching 100 million, a burgeoning health care industry, increasing consumer affluence, and relatively weak competition from local pharmaceutical manufacturers, Vietnam would...

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