Intellectual property infringement threatens Vietnam’s economic competitiveness and discourages foreign companies from transferring their best technology and proprietary know-how, or engaging in research and development activities in Vietnam. AmCham believes that safeguarding IP rights of businesses will further promote Vietnam’s innovation economy, and will incentivize long-term and sustainable foreign investment in Vietnam’s high-technology and value-added manufacturing sectors. In this regard, members are invited to join a roundtable discussion on IP issues featuring the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Kathi Vidal. Director Vidal is the US government’s leading authority on intellectual property and she is interested in hearing insights, concerns, and/or success stories about protecting IP in Vietnam.


Kathi Vidal serves as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – America’s Innovation Agency. She leads one of the largest intellectual property (IP) offices in the world, with more than 13,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $4 billion. She is the principal IP advisor to President Biden and is focused on incentivizing and protecting US innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

Throughout her career, Director Vidal has represented new innovators and startup companies with limited resources. She has also represented many of our country’s most successful and well-known companies. She was most recently a managing partner and Executive Committee member at Winston & Strawn LLP, where she represented both patent holders and defendants in US district courts and the International Trade Commission. She has also been deeply involved in practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, argued numerous Federal Circuit appeals, and led amicus efforts on important cases before the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court. Director Vidal began her career as a systems and software design engineer with General Electric and Lockheed Martin, where she designed one of the first artificial intelligence systems for aircraft, as well as aircraft and engine-control systems. She holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Binghamton University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where she was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

DATE:         Wednesday, September 14
TIME:          3:30pm – 4:30pm
PLACE:       Metropole Hotel, 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi
COST:        None
DRESS:       Business Attire

AmCham’s Global Leaders Series is one of our signature programs and provides members and guests with unprecedented access to the political, policy, corporate, and institutional leaders whose expertise, insights, and experience shape the global business climate. Seating at this roundtable is limited to one member per company. Please register your participation by clicking on the button below or by calling the AmCham office (84) 24 3934 2790.