Firms To Watch: Intellectual property

Established in 2018, TMP Intellectual Property houses a team of IP experts including Pawat Varapirom, who was previously at P&A International Law Office and advises clients on the protection of their IP assets, and Munif Chaipanya, who leads the trade mark practice.

Intellectual property in Thailand

Ananda Intellectual Property

Boutique law firm Ananda Intellectual Property is noted for its expertise across a wide range of IP matters and acts for both Thai and foreign clients. The patent team, which is led by ‘outstanding lawyer’ and founding partner Franck Fougere, represents clients in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and automotive sectors. Fougere has extensive experience in trademark and patent prosecutions, anti-counterfeit strategies and copyright and patent litigations. Kritchakorn Nimwenai heads up the trademarks department and handles trademark and patent applications, while Nuttakorn Sorakun leads the  IP litigation group. Rujapa Prakongsri focuses on trademark prosecution, and Patthawarat Jungjinraoen is noted for his experience in handling IP applications.

Testimonials

‘Franck Fougere provided a top tier service, extremely reliable, quick in communicating and executed the scope brilliantly.’

‘We work closely with Frank Fougere who is an outstanding lawyer. We have worked with him on prosecution and litigation and enforcement matters. He is extremely knowledgeable and strategic in his advice. A very accessible and obliging professional and a delight to work with.’

This practice is unique because every team member is not only highly competent but very client-oriented and service-minded at all times. The Managing Partner Franck is famous for his support of diversity, female empowerment, equal pay and creating great career chances for men and women alike. Furthermore, this company is very innovative, constantly improving their services for clients through latest yet affordable technologies. As a business partner, we very much appreciate their high level business ethics and cooperation style.

Key clients

TikTok (Bytedance)

Oppo

Kubota

Huawei

Mega Lifesciences

Botega Veneta

AXA

Chantelle

Outfit7 Limited (Talking Tom)

Passionata

Brut.

Tymphany Acoustic Technology

Landmark Group

Isentia

Luffman

Woori Bank

BTL Industries

Hillkoff

Open Trade Media

London Link

Chic Republic

SCO Motors

Ampverse

Unicharm

L’Oréal (Enforcement)

DKSH

TDK

Honda

Panasonic

Suzuki

YG Entertainment

SM Entertainment

Nai Lert Group

Hexal

Sephora

Perfumist

Sandoz

Saint Gobain

Elephant Parade

Dr. Reddy’s

Amgen

Tycoon Percussion

Paul

Hutchinson

I&V Bio

Goldway Enterprises

Ciel & Terre

Peppina

Medinova

Exceltis

Generali

Indorama Ventures

Circurre

Gissco

Aeon

Anders

Biotopen

Celette

Cold Stone

Work highlights

  • Assists TikTok with their trademark portfolio and new filings in Thailand.

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s IP practice acts for domestic and international clients in trademark portfolio management, enforcement work, as well as patent, copyright and commercial IP matters. Practice co-leader Say Sujintaya has considerable experience in infringement and anti-counterfeiting mandates, involving trademarks, patents and copyrights. Dhiraphol Suwanprateep, who is noted for his expertise in the telecoms sector, jointly leads the team alongside Sujintaya and represents businesses and institutional clients on the full spectrum of IP work. Nont Horayangura is instructed on IP protection enforcement, and disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Nont Horayangura

Testimonials

‘Nont Horayangura – professional in this area and  easy to communicate with.’

Baker McKenzie provides professional services, working on complex issues.

Key clients

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

AIA Company Ltd.

AstraZeneca

Bose Corporation

Bridgestone

Chr. Hansen A.S

Kasikorn Bank PLC

Kao Corporation

Lucky Star Weaving Co., Ltd

Mars Group

Microsoft Corporation

Netflix Inc.

OSIM International

PTT Exploration and Production PCL

Solex International

Swarovski

Tencent Holdings

The Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency

Toyota Motor Corporation

Zense Entertainment Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Handled prosecution of the AIA’s mark and subsequent appeals which came to a favourable conclusion for the client at the IP&IT Court after the Supreme Court rejected the defendant’s request to appeal further.
  • Assisted Tencent Holdings in a copyright infringement matter which involved translation of every frame of both the client’s game and the alleged infringer’s version.
  • Advising Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency on its entire patent portfolio.

Satyapon & Partners Limited

Satyapon & Partners Limited handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP work, including the application and prosecution of patents, trademarks and designs, as well as licensing, franchising and enforcement matters. The team is led by the ‘highly experienced’ managing partner Satyapon Sachdecha, which acts for clients across multiple industry sectors, including the retail, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and automotive, on patent and trademark work. The ‘very capable and committed‘ Kritsana Mingtongkhum heads up the firm’s trademark and litigation group and also handles prosecution cases, while Kritchawat Chainapasak leads the patents and design team.

Testimonials

‘We have great respect for Satyapon Sachdecha. He is highly experienced and has always been very responsive.’

‘Satyapon Sachdecha has a strong market reputation and Kritsana Mingtongkhum is very capable and committed.’

We regard Satyapon to be one of the best firms in Thailand for IP work. 

Satyapon & Partners provide us with the highest quality service to meet our various clientele needs. Their practitioners are very exceptional and talented that they have deep knowledge and wide experience in the field of intellectual property.

Key clients

Billie Eilish

Aston Martin

Tim Hortons Restaurants International

Panasonic

Yamaha Motors

Inditex (Zara)

De Beers UK

Pernod Ricard

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Japan)

Government of Chile

Twitter

BASF SE

Kuok Group

Heineken

Suntory Food & Beverages Asia Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Fortune 500 company incorporated in Japan against a prominent Thai company, following the largest patent seizure in Thai history for the client.
  • Handled the recordal of name change resulting from an amalgamation of two publicly traded companies in Thailand for a global trademark portfolio in 53 countries.

Tilleke & Gibbins

Praised for being ‘immersed in the intricacies of their key client sectors, including life sciences, healthcare, TMT and consumer products’, Tilleke & Gibbins provides ‘first-class advice and support’ to clients on a broad range of IP matters. Practice co-leader Darani Vachanavuttivong is noted for her expertise in the enforcement of IP rights, including trademarks, copyrights and patents, while practice co-leader Alan Adcock’s ‘understanding of IP in Thailand and across the region is second to none’, particularly in the life sciences sector. Nandana Indananda focuses on litigation matters and Somboon Earterasarun handles IP protection work, while Sukontip Jitmongkolthong is praised for her ‘excellent knowledge in the enforcement of IP rights’. Key contacts also include Suebsiri Taweepon and Wiramrudee Mokkhavesa, who has experience in brand protection, IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting matters.

Testimonials

‘One of the best IP firms in Thailand. Immersed in the intricacies of their key client sectors, including life sciences & healthcare, TMT and consumer products, helping them to provide first-class advice and support.’ 

‘Alan Adcock is a superstar. His understanding of IP in Thailand and across the region is second to none, particularly in the sectors of life sciences and healthcare and consumer products.’ 

‘Sukontip Jitmongkolthong – excellent IP knowledge, efficient strategy planning and great results.’ 

‘Darani Vachanavuttivong is an iconic figure in the Thai IP world with a strong personality and is the go-to person for IP. I have been working with her for decades and the services provided by her and the team are par excellence. Alan Adcock is also our go-to person for IP. He is extremely well known and we have been working with him on quite a few transactional cross-border work. The combination of legal and industry knowledge, as well as the ability to strategise, is a strong talent. Also, I would like to mention Somboon Earterasarun who is an excellent lawyer – very supportive and willing to work with the client to achieve the best result. Again his legal knowledge is very good and his understanding of the regulatory practices in Thailand is very useful.’

The team provided us with a very robust and comforting legal support.

Key clients

3CE

Amazon

Bayer

Coupang

GSK

John Hardy

Lazada

Novartis

Philip Morris

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Representing an American sports footwear and apparel brand in first-of-its-kind trademark litigation attempting to secure protection for a non-traditional mark that is not previously available in Thailand.
  • Handling Coupang’s patent portfolios in Thailand and Vietnam.

Domnern Somgiat & Boonma Law Office Ltd

Boutique law firm Domnern Somgiat & Boonma Law Office Ltd is well-established in the IP space and advises clients on all aspects of IP protection. The practice is noted for its strength in handling patent applications filed by foreign parties. Managing partner and head of the practice Rutorn Nopakun is noted for his expertise in contentious IP matters, while patent attorney Prabjote Busdee has considerable experience in patent prosecution and infringement matters. Apiwatt Kongsoowan oversees the firm’s trademark prosecution practice.

Practice head(s):

Rutorn Nopakun

Key clients

PUMA SE

Patagonia, Inc.

Daimler AG

Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

Calvin Klein Trademark Trust

NIKE Innovate C.V.

Kabushiki Kaisha Hitachi Seisakusho

Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

HUGO BOSS Trade Mark Management GmbH & Co. KG

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

The Boeing Company

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.

Adobe Inc.

J. Choo Limited

Balenciaga S.A.

CBRE, Inc.

E. Remy Martin & Co. S.A.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Motor Company

BASF Corporation

The Dow Chemical Company

UL LLC

FUJI FILM Corporation

NIKON Corporation

CANON Kabushiki Kaisha

Robert Bosch GmbH

Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation

AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.

Oracle International Corporation

Verizon Trademark Services LLC

Mastercard International Incorporated

Anheuser-Busch, LLC

Citigroup Inc.

Heineken Brouwerijen B.V.

LEGO Juris A/S

Mattel, Inc.

VELCRO BVBA

SANOFI

Saint Gobain

The Polo/Lauren Company, L.P.

Under Armour, Inc.

Facebook, Inc.

Chanel SARL

Instagram, LLC

Beiersdorf AG

Johnson & Johnson

Reckitt Benckiser Corporate Services Limited

Sony Corporation

HP Hewlett Packard Group LLC

Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.

McDonald’s Corporation

Eli Lilly and Company

Pfizer, Inc.

Takeda Pharmaceutical

Glaxo Group Limited

LawPlus Ltd.

LawPlus Ltd.‘s IP practice includes registrations, applications and licensing transactions, as well as investigations, enforcement, and trademark and patent searches. Founder and managing partner Kowit Somwaiya, who handles a range of domestic and cross-border IP matters, jointly heads up the team alongside Prasantaya Bantadtan, who represents local and international clients on patent and trademark registrations and enforcement, as well as copyright protection issues.

ZICO Law

Praised for its experience and knowledge 'in the area of trademark and patent law’, ZICO Law’s IP practice also assists clients with the protection of industrial designs, copyright and trade secrets. Managing partner Nuttaphol Arammuang handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in Thailand and across the region. Arammuang jointly leads the team alongside Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn, who has ‘experience in Thai trademark laws’ and advises on anti-counterfeiting strategies. Senior associate Threenuch Chatmahasuwan focuses on trademark prosecution.

Other key lawyers:

Threenuch Chatmahasuwan

Testimonials

‘They are responsive, their English-language skills are high, and they are especially experienced and knowledgeable in the area of trademark and patent law. They respond quickly, explain things clearly, take ownership of the tasks we assign, and achieve good results. They also exude a warm and pleasant personality in working with us.’ 

‘Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn – his extensive experience in Thai trademark laws has made him our go-to resource lawyer. He gives practical and relevant advice.’

‘Nuttaphol Arramuang – he is very professional and makes sure that work goes on smoothly.’

‘I have worked chiefly with Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn, Nuttaphol Arammuang, and Threenuch Chatmahasuwan, and have been pleased with the professionalism and responsiveness of all of them.’ 

Key clients

PTT Oil and Retail Business Public Company Limited (PTTOR)

Beer Chang Company Limited

Chubb

Nestle

PTT Global Chemicals Public Company Limited

United Life Sciences

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Pomelo Fashion Co., Ltd.

Valdimir Pte. Ltd.

Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Thai Union Manufacturing Company Limited, as well as its subsidiaries, with their trademark registration in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the USA.
  • Advising Chubb Limited on its trademark portfolio management in Southeast Asia.
  • Advising PTT Global Chemicals (PTTGC), one of Thailand’s largest market leaders on petroleum, petrochemical, plastic products, on various stages of prosecution for PCT applications.

Dej-Udom & Associates Attorneys-at-Law

Dej-Udom & Associates Attorneys-at-Law advises domestic and international clients on the enforcement of IP rights and transactional matters including licensing, as well as registration and renewal matters. Key contacts include Dej-Udom Krairit and Poondej Krairit.

ILCT Ltd.

The IP department at ILCT Ltd. advises on a range of trademarks, patent and copyright matters, including registration and protection, as well as anti-counterfeiting and infringement work. Ratinuch Kawnachaimongkol heads up the practice and acts for domestic and international clients on enforcement, litigation and IP portfolio management. Juthajit Sriprasart focuses on trademark and copyright matters, while patent practice head Ratchapong  Thongdeetae advises on prosecution and enforcement matters.

Testimonials

The team is extremely responsive, and their responses are profound in terms of legal analysis.’

Ratinuch Kawnachaimongkol and her team is responsive and good at problem-solving.’

Fast and detailed response. Extremely client-friendly and reliable.’

Work highlights

    Rouse

    Rouse acts for domestic and international clients in patent drafting, prosecution and litigation, as well as trademark matters. Manoon Changchumni heads up the patent team, while Peeraya Thammasujarit leads the firm’s dispute resolution practice and handles IP enforcement work, and Nuttachai Unaratana oversees the trademark team.

    SCL Nishimura & Asahi Ltd

    The IP practice at SCL Nishimura & Asahi Ltd handles trademark prosecutions and enforcement, as well as transactions including licensing and assignments. Pavinee Bunyamissara advises on trademark prosecutions, anti-counterfeiting matters, IP transactions and trade secrets matters, while associate Narongcachon Chomsa focuses on patent prosecutions and searches. Former practice head Phatthrawat Nakaranuruck has now left the firm.