Alan Adcock

Partner and Deputy Director, Intellectual Property
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English, Chinese

Education

JD, Syracuse University College of Law/Columbia Law School

MA, University of Hawai'i

BA, Wingate College

Alan Adcock is a partner and deputy director of the Tilleke & Gibbins intellectual property and regulatory affairs groups, helping to oversee the firm’s client work in these areas across ASEAN. He is known for his “detailed knowledge of the law” (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2010/2011), fluency in Mandarin, and outstanding client service. Since 2005, Alan has received recognition by Asialaw Leading Lawyers Survey as one of Asia's leading business lawyers in the area of intellectual property, and he was named a top IP lawyer in Thailand by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013 and WTR 1000 2013. He is also recognized as one of the world’s leading life sciences practitioners by IAM Life Sciences 250 and PLC Which Lawyer.

Alan represents diverse clients, from pioneers in the life sciences to the biggest IP owners in the world, and helps them achieve the dual goals of profit and protection. He has extensive experience in IP acquisitions, strategic structuring, technology transfer, and IP licensing and securitization agreements. He has handled various IP infringements and regulatory infractions involving labeling, advertising, clinical trials, product handling/warehousing, product registration, taxation, and import/export violations in Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Alan is also closely involved in Tilleke & Gibbins’ leading patent and trade secret litigation practice, focusing mainly on the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and material science sectors. He handles local pre-litigation strategy and litigation management for infringement and invalidation matters and works regularly with external counsel globally when strategic tasks or evidence issues reach outside Southeast Asia.

Alan is a Co-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand’s Food & AgriBusiness Committee and serves as the Thailand representative on the INTA Legislation & Regulation Committee, East Asia and Pacific Subcommittee.

  • Conducted global intellectual property due diligence and advised on the transactional elements of a US$60 million equity participation by an international energy company in a U.S. company specializing in biobased chemicals. The collaboration will result in the establishment of bio-succinic acid production plants using natural raw feedstocks such as tapioca, cassava, maize, and other agricultural inputs for the downstream manufacturing of bio-based plastics.

  • Assisted a client with a multijurisdictional acquisition of a major corn and palm oil brand with a deal value of USD 6,000,000, including the review and acceptance of the letter bid, preliminary due diligence, review of the disclosure statement, and the drafting, negotiation, and execution of the main acquisition agreement. We also provided all post-completion follow-up including trademark assignment recordals in more than 50 jurisdictions, release of various title encumbrances, transitional arrangements, rebranding, certification and labeling regulatory advice, and subsequent new agreements for supply and distribution.

  • Helped a multinational food company comply with Thai FDA requirements. Advised the client on advertising and promotional materials in Thailand, with particular emphasis on the requirements of the FDA and the consequences of improper ad content.

  • Acted on behalf of a major U.S.-based agrichemical manufacturer. The case involved termination of the client’s distributor for breach of contract and IP (patent and trademark) infringement. In addition, we represented the client in re-registration of its full range of products with the Thai Ministry of Agriculture.

  • Represented a leading producer of smartphones as its "point of contact" with all government authorities, which involved crafting an overall government relations strategy, establishing and cultivating relationships with officials, responding to government investigations, monitoring potential policy and regulatory developments, and seeking legislative and regulatory change on our client’s behalf. We have also structured appropriate and effective solutions to the business and legal challenges faced by our client.

  • Represented a multinational pharmaceutical company in its cancellation petition against a registered trademark based on the mark’s similarity to an International Nonproprietary Name (INN) issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Board of Trademarks withdrew the trademark.

  • Protected the intellectual property rights of a famous drug company in regard to an osteoporosis drug product passed off by another pharmaceutical company. The IP&IT Court ordered the cancellation of the infringing party’s mark and the payment of damages for infringement on a monthly basis, calculated from the date of filing the Complaint.

  • Represented a multinational pharmaceutical company in patent infringement litigation against a local generic company.  Managed a major pharmaceutical-related patent during a trial on patent infringement.

  • Acted as counsel to a major pharmaceutical company, which representation included liaising with the Thai FDA on marketing compliance issues, verifying that the client’s marketing activities were in compliance with the complex regulations governing pharmaceutical practice in Thailand, and preventing and mitigating risk and loss.

  • Represented a leading pharmaceutical company on regulatory due diligence in its spin-off of high revenue product lines (over the counter antihistamines, cough relief syrups, tablets and elixirs) to another pharmaceutical company.

  • Represented a multinational cosmetics manufacturer in negotiating a multi-million dollar tri-party agreement between the Department of Agriculture, a local Thai university, and the client to set up a joint research and development program for sourcing and uncovering botanical ingredients in Thailand for their new product range.

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July 9, 2014

Asia IP Trademark Survey – Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in Tier 1 for Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins has been ranked “Tier 1” for both “Trademark Prosecution” and “Trademark Contentious” work in Thailand by Hong Kong-based legal publication Asia IP in its annual Trademark...

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June 4, 2014

IAM Patent 1000: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in “Gold Band” for Thailand

For the second year in a row, Tilleke & Gibbins has been ranked as a “Gold Band” firm in Thailand by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2014, due to the outstanding nature...

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May 23, 2014

MIP: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked “Tier 1” in Thailand in Multiple Trademark Categories

For the 11th year in a row, Tilleke & Gibbins has been ranked as a “Tier 1” firm in Thailand for both “Trademark Prosecution” and “Trademark Contentious” by Managing Intellectual Property. In...

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May 16, 2014

Asian Legal Business: Tilleke & Gibbins Thailand Receives Top Rankings in Patents and Trademarks/Copyright

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Thailand IP practice has received “Tier 1” classifications for both “Patents” and “Trademarks/Copyright” in Asian Legal Business’ annual IP rankings. Asian Legal Business...

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March 4, 2014

Managing IP Survey: Tier 1 Rankings Awarded to Tilleke’s Patent Team in Thailand

For the twelfth year in a row, Managing Intellectual Property  magazine has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins’ Thailand IP team in “Tier 1” for both patent prosecution and patent contentious work....

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April 9, 2014

PLC Life Sciences Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2014 – Thailand Chapter

Alan Adcock, Areeya Pornwiriyangkura, Siraprapha Rungpry

The latest edition of Practical Law Company’s Life Sciences Multi-jurisdictional Guide has been published. The guide, presented to readers in a Q&A format, provides country-specific analysis of...

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February 24, 2014

Trademark Restrictions in Southeast Asia: A Perspective from Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia

Alan Adcock, James Evans

As various countries introduce restrictions on trademark rights with regard to certain products – most notably tobacco – there is growing concern about whether such national rules may undermine...

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January 28, 2014

International Franchising – Thailand Chapter

Alan Adcock, Sriwan Puapondh

Trademarks, tax, and termination are the terms in a franchise agreement most likely to cause trouble for a franchisor in Asia. In Thailand, many of the world’s most successful franchise models have...

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October 30, 2013

Managing IP Roundtable: How to Approach IP Rights Across ASEAN

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Thomas J. Treutler, Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn, Somboon Earterasarun, Alan Adcock

Rights holders are looking to Southeast Asia as the next growth region. In this virtual roundtable in the November 2013 edition of Managing Intellectual Property magazine, attorneys from various law...

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May 7, 2013

PLC Life Sciences Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2013 – Thailand Chapter

Alan Adcock, Areeya Pornwiriyangkura

In recent years, the Thai FDA has made large-scale efforts to tighten its budget and escalate its standards of scrutiny. In response to these changes, this article provides insight into the...

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