Tran, Manh Hung

Manh Hung Tran

Partner
BMVN International LLC

Biography

Manh Hung Tran is the principal and managing lawyer of BMVN International LLC, a licensed law firm and IP agent, which is a member of Baker & McKenzie International. Mr. Tran has represented various multinational and Vietnamese companies in different industries including infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications, port, retail, distribution, and intellectual property.  He also assisted internationally famous brands to establish their investment projects in Vietnam. Mr. Tran was voted Vietnam Lawyer of the Year (2009) in the national poll of Vietnamese lawyers organized jointly by the Vietnam Lawyers’ Federation, the Ministry of Justice and Vietnam Law Magazine. In addition to authoring many publications, Mr. Tran has given speeches and lectured on "Lawyering Skills" at the Hanoi University of Law and Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, and intellectual property laws for the Professional Training School of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. He used to serve as chairman of the Legal Committee of Hanoi American Chamber of Commerce.

Practice Focus

Mr. Tran has been involved in contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP law, including trademarks, copyright, design, unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting, domain names, and commercial and intellectual property including franchising and licensing arrangements, trade secrets, and technology laws. He has assisted the government in reviewing and revising the IP law and the IP provisions under the country’s criminal code. Mr. Tran has successfully represented some of the world’s biggest multinational companies on trademark infringement, opposition and cancellation cases, including acting for a global software company, Inter Ikea and Hugo Boss in one of the first domain name cases before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised brand owners such as Lacoste, Volvo, SCA Hygiene Products AB, 3M, Seiko and Hallmark on trademark infringement cases.
  • Advised a well-known electronics brand, one of the largest software companies, and a global consumer products company on trademark infringement cases.
  • Represented Cisco, LVMH, Calvin Klein, The Body Shop, Ricoh, Bose, Starbucks and Sawafuji in several anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy raid action against infringers.
  • Advised on a landmark litigation case for the Vietnamese Government in conjunction with Baker McKenzie’s US offices.
  • Advised various world-famous fashion brands to establish their subsidiaries and operation in Vietnam.
  • Advised major telecommunications companies to establish their Vietnam businesses.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Chamber of Commerce, Vietnam - AmCham Hanoi Legal Committee Chair
  • Hanoi Bar Association - Member
  • Vietnam Intellectual Property Association - Member
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) - Member
  • Vietnam International Arbitration Centre at Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Arbitrator

Admissions

  • Vietnam (2001)

Education

  • Kyushu University, Japan (LL.M. International Economic and Business Law) (2000)
  • Hanoi University of Law, Vietnam (LL.B. Economic Law) (1995)

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Vietnamese

Previous Offices

  • Hong Kong