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July 16, 2012

Tilleke & Gibbins Strengthens Vietnam IP Team

Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to announce the hiring of Ms. Linh Thi Mai Nguyen, effective July 16, 2012. Linh joins Tilleke & Gibbins as an attorney in the firm’s Trademark Practice Group in Hanoi, bringing her unique qualifications to a strong team that was recently named Intellectual Property Firm of the Year for Vietnam by Managing Intellectual Property.

Before joining Tilleke & Gibbins, Linh was a Legal Program Officer for the USAID-funded STAR (Support for Trade Acceleration) Project in Vietnam. At STAR, Linh coordinated with Vietnamese government agencies to draft laws, regulations, and reports in intellectual property and other areas of the law, such as advertising law, to help Vietnam ensure that its legal regime complies with international commitments under the WTO and bilateral trade agreements. She also organized training and workshops for government officials on the WTO, international integration, and commercial diplomacy in relation to IP law and other areas of the law.

Prior to her time with STAR, Linh spent seven years with Pham & Associates and InvestConsult Group, two of Vietnam’s strongest local IP firms, where she advised and represented well-known brand owners such as Adidas, Honda, and Procter & Gamble.

Linh graduated from the Hanoi Law University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Economic Law. She was later awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to obtain an LL.M. in the United States from the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. The Franklin Pierce Center is noted for being one of the world’s foremost institutes for researching and teaching IP law.

“We’re delighted to add Linh to our Trademark team,” said Thomas J. Treutler, Partner and Managing Director of the firm’s Vietnam offices. “She has a great understanding of Vietnamese IP law, both from a lawyer’s perspective and from the viewpoint of Vietnam’s legislators and judiciary, and her level of international experience, from STAR and Franklin Pierce, is not easy to find in Vietnam. We’re therefore confident that Linh will prove to be an excellent advocate for our Trademark clients in Vietnam.”

Linh can be contacted at +84 4 3772 5559 or [email protected].