Thomas J. Treutler

Partner and Managing Director, Tilleke & Gibbins Consultants Limited
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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 fluent in Vietnamese and is registered to practice as a Foreign Lawyer in Vietnam and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States Court of International Trade.

Featured as a leading lawyer in intellectual property in Chambers Asia Pacific (2008-2015) and recognized in The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers 2012, Tom has extensive experience in IP enforcement and has secured a number of landmark victories for foreign investors operating in the life sciences and technology sectors. He is also an advisor to USAID’s trade acceleration program in Vietnam; the chairman of EuroCham Vietnam’s Intellectual Property Rights Sector Committee; and the local expert for Vietnam for the European Commission’s ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk. Tom 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 previously headed the IP practice group of another international law firm in Vietnam and prepared and prosecuted patent applications in the semiconductor, computer, software, electronics, communications and medical device industries in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

  • 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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February 10, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam IP Practice Placed in the Top Band by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins’ intellectual property practice in Vietnam has achieved a “Band 1” ranking in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016. To determine the rankings, more than 140 researchers conducted client...

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February 10, 2016

Fifteen Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

Fifteen Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers and consultants have been recognized for their outstanding legal knowledge and experience, ability, effectiveness, and client service in the latest Chambers Asia...

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February 4, 2016

Managing IP Ranks Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam Trademark Practice in Top Tier

Renowned industry publication Managing Intellectual Property  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins in the highest tier, “Tier 1,” for “Trademark Prosecution” and “Trademark/Copyright Contentious”...

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January 28, 2016

Four Tilleke & Gibbins Team Members Recognized in Who’s Who Legal TMT 2016

Alan Adcock, Thomas J. Treutler, Jeffrey J. Blatt, David Duncan

Who’s Who Legal Technology, Media, and Telecommunications 2016  has recognized four Tilleke & Gibbins members as leading telecoms and media experts. The following individuals received the...

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January 18, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam Trademark Practice Placed in “Gold” Band by WTR 1000, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins’ trademark practice in Vietnam was placed in the “Gold” band in the 2016 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. The ranking’s...

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February 3, 2016

Vietnam: A Year of Changes in IP Enforcement

Thomas J. Treutler, Loc Xuan Le

IP enforcement in Vietnam saw continued development in the past year. As we have reported previously, 2014 saw several breakthrough cases in patent infringement, domain name dispute resolution and...

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January 26, 2016

PLC Patent Litigation Global Guide 2016/17 – Vietnam Chapter

Thomas J. Treutler, Loc Xuan Le, Linh Duy Mai

The latest edition of Patent Litigation  provides an overview of patent disputes in 29 jurisdictions worldwide, including how patent infringement is assessed, the conditions for a declaratory...

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January 13, 2016

How Will Upcoming Changes to Vietnam’s IP Regulations Impact Patent Examination?

One of the most important legal documents in the Vietnamese IP system is Circular No. 01/2007/TT-BKHCN dated February 14, 2007, guiding the implementation of the Law on Intellectual Property (“...

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December 17, 2015

Legal Update: New Provisions on Domain Names in Vietnam

Thomas J. Treutler, Giang Thi Huong Tran

In October 2015, a number of key new provisions related to domain name cases entered into effect in Vietnam. The regulations were promulgated under Circular 24 of the Ministry of Information and...

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December 14, 2015

Vietnam: Softer Approach Proves Effective in Fighting Copyright Violations

Thomas J. Treutler, Loc Xuan Le

Among the many challenges in enforcing intellectual property rights in developing countries like Vietnam, those that arise from violations occurring on the Internet may be the most difficult to...

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