Pham & Associates

Established in 1991, Pham & Associates is the oldest IP law firm in Vietnam. Over the years, the firm has developed into one of the leading IP law firms in the country with strong practice groups in both prosecution and contentious matters. The firm is the most prolific filer of patent, trademark and industrial design applications in Vietnam and overseas each year. It is also renowned for acting on appeals and oppositions before the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) and on infringement court actions, providing expert opinions and advising on unfair competition.

Since 2001, in addition to its core business of intellectual property, the firm has also developed expertise in business law and has become well versed in advising clients in this field.

Pham & Associates is widely recognised as one of the best IP law firms in Vietnam due to its diligence, careful preparation of work and strong commitment to its clients regardless of their size or location.


The firm has over 120 full-time staff, including 14 attorneys at law, 34 IP attorneys and 28 experts. The firm’s attorneys work in a wide range of technical areas, including chemistry, mechanics, electronics, bio-technology, pharmaceuticals, energy, material science and telecommunications. The team is assisted, on a part-time basis, by over 40 specialists from universities and R&D institutions, and 50 qualified translators who timely and accurately translate patent applications, prior art and foreign references, as well as discovery documents relating to patent litigation.

In addition to being ranked Tier 1 for patent prosecution and litigation in Vietnam, Pham & Associates is particularly experienced in handling trademark oppositions and cancellation actions before the NOIP and IP infringements by administrative measures. These strengths come from attorneys’ in-depth understanding of all aspects of IP and related law and the Vietnamese business environment, as well as the reliable relationships that they have built with competent authorities over the years.

Equipped with full-featured docketing software and a regularly updated IP database, the firm’s attorneys carry out fast and flexible patent and trademark searches and effectively manage each type of IP case with timely reporting to clients to ensure that services are provided in due time, of the highest quality and at reasonable costs.

As a founder and managing partner, Pham Vu Khanh Toan has a profound understanding of intellectual property, is extremely creative and can come up with solutions. He has built a strong team – the key factor for sustaining development and ensuring the firm’s long-term success.

Areas of practice

The firm’s IP practice areas include patents, utility solutions, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, trade names, domain names, trade secrets, IP asset management and evaluation, searches, filing, prosecution, maintenance and renewal, IP rights litigation and alternative dispute settlements, IP rights enforcement by administrative measures, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, licensing and franchising and technology transfers.

The firm’s business law practice areas include counselling on corporate investment, real estate and construction, commerce, tax, finance and banking, shipping, insurance, employment and dispute resolution.

Office network

With offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and Hai Phong, the firm’s attorneys can respond quickly to clients and, if necessary, have face-to-face meetings with them to advise and give solutions to problems, particularly when handling cases regarding IP disputes and infringement.

Working languages

Vietnamese, English, French, Russian, German and Chinese


  • International Trademark Association
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
  • European Communities Trademark Association
  • Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Licensing Executives Society (United States and Canada)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association

Awards and rankings

  • Tier 1 for patent, trademark prosecution and contentious matters in Vietnam (2008-2017) – Managing Intellectual Property 
  • Vietnam Patent Firm of the Year (2009-2016) – Asia IP
  • Shortlisted as one of five firms for the Vietnam Trademark Firm of the Year (2009-2016) – Asia IP  
  • Intellectual Property Advisory Firm of the Year (2013-2015) – Corporate INTL (Global, United Kingdom)
  • Top Five Leading Firms in Vietnam, Intellectual Property (2013, 2014 and 2016) – Chambers & Partners (United Kingdom)

Contact details

Pham & Associates
No 8 Tran Hung Dao Street
Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi 100000

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Da Nang
  • Hai Phong
  • Ho Chi Minh

Sample client list

  • adidas
  • AkzoNobel NV
  • AstraZeneca AB
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Dow Agro Sciences
  • Honda Motor
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • Nike
  • Pfizer Inc

Other recommended individuals at this firm

  • Xuan Thu Nguyen - Trademark Attorney
  • Vu Khanh Toan Pham - Managing Partner