Advised the Vietnamese government on post-WTO accession TRIPS compliance issues under the Beyond WTO Project funded by the World Bank.
Thomas J. Treutler
JD, Indiana University – Bloomington
BSE, University of Michigan
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.