The Vietnam branch of Tilleke & Gibbins has a well-regarded contentious intellectual property practice, which has handled nearly 85% of all invention patent litigation cases in Vietnam so far and argued in some of the first patent infringement cases heard by the Vietnamese courts. The firm has also been a pioneer in domain name disputes in Vietnam and is a go-to name for big pharma. Electronics and biotechnology clients are also increasingly relying on the firm for contentious patent matters. In other areas, the firm remains active in labour and commercial litigation. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, its labour and employment disputes work has seen a marked upturn in activity.
The firm bolstered its contentious labour capacity with the hiring of senior foreign attorney and counsel Sarah Galeski from KPMG Legal. The firm pairs with a local firm, T&G Law Firm, allowing it to handle local litigation in the country.
Managing partner and intellectual property expert Thomas Treutler leads the disputes team that includes partner and head of IP enforcement, Loc Xuan Le, and partners Vinh Quoc Nguyen and Kien Trung Trinh for employment-related matters.
The Tilleke team successfully represented a health products multinational in a four-year long labour dispute involving the dismissal of its former Vietnamese subsidiary’s managing director. It also acted for a regional oilfield company on its SIAC arbitration to resolve a contract performance dispute. On the intellectual property side, Treutler and his team are working for a leading pharma company on its ongoing patent dispute over a diabetes drug. They are also representing Merck Sharp & Dohme in its six-year long battle against patent-infringing generic drugs and in a separate case that is thought to be the first-ever patent case to be heard by the Supreme Court