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Domnern Somgiat & Boonma Law Office Ltd provides copyright, domain name registration, trade mark and patents advice, acting for major brands in the clothing, electronics, home appliances and pharmaceuticals arenas. Rutorn Nopakun, Kiat Poonsombudlert and Chakrapat Mongkolsit are key contacts.

A recent success for Tilleke & Gibbins was winning a trade secrets case for Magnequench, against International Magnetics Co. The team has also been advising Krispy Kreme on IP and regulatory issues in Thailand, as well as franchise matters concerning Laos and Vietnam. Darani Vachanavuttivong, Alan Adcock and Sukontip Jitmongkolthong are key contacts in the team that has grown in size recently through significant lateral hires.

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Vidon & Partners (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Originally founded in France in 1988, Vidon IP Law Group is a leading international intellectual property law firm with offices in France, Germany, Spain, Thailand and China, and thus has a global presence in key markets to successfully deliver on its clients’ cross-border and domestic transactions, supported by a team of more than 100 lawyers and consultants. 

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Ananda Intellectual Property is adept at handling contentious and non-contentious matters, and clients include Pfizer, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson. Franck Fougère is the managing partner, and Akarit Deemark, who recently joined the firm, is head of the patent department.

Baker McKenzie is particularly strong in the automotive sector, acting for leading US, Japanese and German manufacturers, and recently assisting such companies with crackdowns against counterfeiters and intellectual property matters regarding automotive parts. Other clients span the pharmaceutical, retail and energy sectors. Say Sujintaya jointly leads the practice with Dhiraphol Suwanprateep.

LawPlus Ltd. acts for clients in Europe, the US, and the ASEAN region active in the automotive, manufacturing, consumer goods and technology sectors. In the context of the latter, the team represents Dropbox and Agilent Technologies. Kowit Somwaiya and Prasantaya Bantadtan are key contacts.

At Rouse, a recent highlight for Fabrice Mattei’s team was defending Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s ‘MIT’ mark against an application from a domestic company with a similar logo. In another case, Nuttachai Unaratana and Mattei won a trade mark appeal for Asahi Golf Company.

Chavalit & Associates Limited specialises in copyright infringement, trade secrets, patent issues and trade name matters. The firm is also adept at handling franchising mandates. Chavalit Uttasart and Patcharin Chatvaichirakul are recommended.

Recent mandates for DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited include advising construction materials supplier Boral on trade mark portfolio management and brand enforcement in Asia Pacific. Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya is head of the practice and global IP co-chair, while Melinda Upton is recommended for her brand protection work.

Dej-Udom & Associates Attorneys-at-Law represents multinationals in the electronics, food and beverage, and automotive sectors, and has handled litigation for a number of domestic clients. Dej-Udom Krairit and Poondej Krairit are key names.

S & I International Bangkok Office has a broad IP practice, as well as expertise in botanical matters and plant varieties. Masafumi Iguchi is the primary contact.

Satyapon & Partners Limited practice advises on patent, trade mark, copyright and customs matters. Managing partner Satyapon Sachdecha is recommended.

ZICO|law (Thailand) Ltd’s clients include PTT Global Chemical, Nestlé and Heritage Snacks & Food. The team recently acted for Wahl Clipper Corporation in identifying retailers that had been selling counterfeit goods using the client’s brand name and registered trade marks. Nuttaphol Arammuang and Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn jointly lead the practice.

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