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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November 25, 2016

The Asian Lawyer: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

The Asian Lawyer  has named Tilleke & Gibbins as the Intellectual Property Firm of the Year as part of its annual Emerging Markets Awards. Suebsiri Taweepon, a partner in Tilleke &...

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November 17, 2016

Asian-Mena Counsel: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Firm of the Year for IP (Thailand) and Life Sciences (Vietnam)

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Thomas J. Treutler

Asian-Mena Counsel  magazine has named Tilleke & Gibbins as Thailand Firm of the Year in Intellectual Property and Vietnam Firm of the Year in Life Sciences in its In-House Community Firms...

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November 16, 2016

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017: Twelve Tilleke Attorneys Named as “Leading Individuals”

The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  has named 12 Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers as “Leading Individuals” across Southeast Asia:   Leading Individual   Practice Area...

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November 16, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam Practice Receives Three Tier 1 Rankings in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

Renowned legal publication The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  has awarded “Tier 1” rankings to Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam practice across three categories: Intellectual Property; Labor and...

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November 4, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins Recognized as a Leading Firm in Vietnam by Asialaw Profiles 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins has been placed at the top of the legal market in Vietnam in the 2017 edition of Asialaw Profiles, a guide to the leading domestic and regional firms in the Asia Pacific. The...

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September 8, 2016

Vietnam: Draft Circular on Compulsory Licensing

Thomas J. Treutler, Linh Duy Mai

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health is drafting a circular on compulsory licensing for pharmaceutical patents. From the view of protecting and promoting innovation in the industry, it is worthwhile to...

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April 19, 2016

Vietnam: Slow, Steady Progress for Preliminary Injunctions

Thomas J. Treutler, Loc Xuan Le

Despite the importance of preliminary injunctions (PI) in intellectual property disputes to ensure a quick cessation of infringement and to prevent imminent harm to the rights holder, it has been a...

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April 5, 2016

Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program Launched Between Vietnam and Japan

Thomas J. Treutler, Thang Duc Nguyen

Vietnam’s National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) launched its first Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) as a pilot program with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on April 1, 2016. The...

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March 16, 2016

New Decree on Pay TV and Coproduction of Radio and TV Programs in Vietnam

Giang Thi Huong Tran, Thomas J. Treutler

In January 2016, Decree 06/2016/ND-CP on Management, Provision, and Use of Broadcasting and TV Services (Decree 06) was promulgated, effective from March 15, 2016. Degree 06 will replace Decision 20/...

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March 15, 2016

Avoiding IP Pitfalls in Franchising in Vietnam

Thomas J. Treutler

With its huge population of 92 million, 50% of them under the age of 25, Vietnam has become an attractive destination for the world’s major franchises. In urban areas, numerous franchises in sectors...

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