Primarily based in Hanoi, Tilleke & Gibbins also has a branch office in Ho Chi Minh City. With 17 IP attorneys, patent and trade mark executives along with 23 supporting professionals, the firm is known for its strength in patents and trade marks, as demonstrated by its strong rankings across the board. The firm represents several multinational household names.
Traditionally a practice with a registration focus, the past 12 months have seen its enforcement practice grow in terms of workload and manpower. Five new hires joined the team to beef up this area. Loc Xuan Le and Linh Duy Mai both come from leading local IP firms, and will be spearheading the enforcement practice.
In patents, the team has a strong following among pharmaceutical clients. Recently, the firm represented a pharmaceutical company in defending against a patent infringement claim.
In June 2012, Loc and Linh represented Aktiebolaget SKF in a counterfeits case relating to its mark SKF for ball bearings. Through their efforts, the police seized 7,014 counterfeit items shipped from China to be sold in the Vietnam market. A fine of $22,500 was imposed, a relatively high fine that is expected to have a deterrent effect.