Pham & Associates

Established in 1991, Pham & Associates is the oldest IP law firm in Vietnam, as well as 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 and trademark applications in Vietnam each year. It is also renowned for representing clients in appeals and oppositions before the National Office of Intellectual Property, litigating court actions and providing expert opinions.

Since 2001, in addition to its IP services the firm has 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 and strong commitment to clients, regardless of their size or location.


The firm has over 120 full-time staff, including 14 lawyers at law, 34 IP attorneys and 28 consultants, some of whom are former NOIP patent or trademark examiners. Our patent attorneys work in a wide range of technical areas, including chemistry, mechanics, electronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, energy, material science and telecommunications; they are supported by a team of 25 part-time collaborators who are scientific researchers and technical experts from universities and R&D institutions.

The firm has represented nearly 6,000 domestic and foreign clients in filing and prosecuting around 28,000 trademark, 5,000 industrial design and 18,000 patent applications in Vietnam and other countries. For years the firm has been consistently ranked as a tier-1 firm in Vietnam for patent and trademark prosecution and contentious matters. The firm has built a reputation for its ability to handle IP infringements through administrative measures, litigate IP rights disputes in court and negotiate out-of-court agreements. This ability stems from the fact that, in addition to their vast knowledge of IP and related laws, our lawyers have deep knowledge of the business environment in Vietnam and have built trusting relationships with competent authorities over many years.

The firm uses a full-featured docketing software and regularly updated IP database, which enables our attorneys to carry out all types of search, track the status and progress of each file at each stage and report results to clients in a timely manner.

As a founder and managing partner, Pham Vu Khanh Toan has a profound understanding of intellectual property and is extremely creative and solution-driven. 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 through administrative measures, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, licensing, 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 a head office in Hanoi and branch offices in Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and Hai Phong, the firm’s attorneys can respond quickly to clients and meet them face-to-face to advise and give solutions, particularly when handling IP disputes and infringement cases.

Working languages

Vietnamese, English, French, Russian, German and Chinese


  • INTA
  • 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 (2008-2020) – Managing Intellectual Property 
  • Vietnam Patent Firm of the Year (2009-2020) – Asia IP
  • Vietnam Trademark Firm of the Year (2019) – Asia IP  
  • Intellectual Property Advisory Firm of the Year (2015-2019) – Corporate INTL (Global, United Kingdom)
  • Top Five Leading Firms in Vietnam, Intellectual Property (2014-2019) – Chambers & Partners (United Kingdom)

The trademark PA PHAM & ASSOCIATES, FIGURE is recognised as a well-known mark in Vietnam and features in the list of the Top 50 Famous Brands in Vietnam (2016-2020).

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 City

Sample client list

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

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