Thomas J. Treutler

Partner and Managing Director, Tilleke & Gibbins Consultants Limited
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English, Vietnamese


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 (2008-2013) 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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January 26, 2015

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam Trademark Practice Ranked in Top Tier by World Trademark Review

In the latest rankings released by the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam trademark practice has been placed in the “Gold” band—...

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December 16, 2014

Asia IP Experts 2014: Eight Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Recognized

Identifying the best intellectual property (IP) lawyers in Asia, Asia IP  has released the 2014 edition of Asia IP Experts, a list of leading lawyers in nine key, IP-related practice areas. The...

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November 12, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins Recognized as a “Highly Recommended” Firm in Vietnam by Asialaw Profiles 2015

Asialaw Profiles 2015  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins as a “Highly Recommended” firm in Vietnam in multiple practice areas. The rankings were determined through two main avenues: (i) feedback...

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October 30, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in “Tier 1” for IP in Vietnam by Legal 500

For the eighth year in a row, Tilleke & Gibbins’ intellectual property (IP) group in Vietnam has been ranked as a Tier 1 practice by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  in the 2015 edition of its...

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October 30, 2014

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 Honors Ten Tilleke & Gibbins Attorneys

In the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, ten Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers were recognized as “Leading Individuals” in the fields of commercial transactions and M&A, dispute resolution...

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December 24, 2014

Vietnam IP Enforcement Roundup 2014

Thomas J. Treutler

The year 2014 saw several groundbreaking cases in IP enforcement in Vietnam. As negotiations ramp up in talks for the EU-Vietnam FTA and TPP, Vietnam has sent several strong signals to investors that...

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May 5, 2014

Vietnam Pharma Update 2014

While Vietnam represents a huge potential market for foreign investors in the pharmaceutical industry, the sector is heavily regulated and clear guidelines are not always available. To guide...

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April 22, 2014

Media, Advertising, and Entertainment Law Throughout the World 2014 – Vietnam Chapter

Thomas J. Treutler, Tu Ngoc Trinh

This year’s edition of Media, Advertising, and Entertainment Law Throughout the World has been published, and Tilleke & Gibbins has contributed the Thailand and Vietnam chapters of the guide....

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January 28, 2014

International Franchising – Vietnam Chapter

Thomas J. Treutler

The streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are being filled with popular brand names of international franchises like KFC, Lotteria, and Circle K. Yet a foreign tourist wishing to find the nearest...

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October 30, 2013

Managing IP Roundtable: How to Approach IP Rights Across ASEAN

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Thomas J. Treutler, Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn, Somboon Earterasarun, Alan Adcock

Rights holders are looking to Southeast Asia as the next growth region. In this virtual roundtable in the November 2013 edition of Managing Intellectual Property magazine, attorneys from various law...

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