Alan Adcock

Partner and Deputy Director, Intellectual Property
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English, Chinese

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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 recognized as a leading intellectual property lawyer based on his handling of corporate IP matters, including licensing and acquisitions, and his knowledge in life sciences (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018), 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 has been named a top IP lawyer in Thailand by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  and WTR 1000. Alan has also been recognized as a leading IP strategist by IAM Strategy 300 and one of the world's leading life sciences practitioners by IAM Life Sciences 250.

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 across most of Asia.

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 serves as a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Emerging Issues Committee, and a member of the INTA Presidential Task Force on Brand Restrictions. He has just ended six years on the INTA Legislation and Regulation Subcommittee for East Asia and the Pacific—the final two years serving as Chairman. Based on his long-standing and exemplary volunteer services for INTA, he was awarded the INTA Volunteer Service Award in 2016.

Alan is also the current President of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) of Thailand, and a Co-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand’s Food & AgriBusiness Committee. He is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey and is admitted in the U.S. District Courts of Southern and Eastern New York.

  • 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 Supreme Court ordered the cancellation of the infringing party’s mark.

  • 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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December 12, 2017

Fourteen Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Receive Recognition in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Rankings

Chambers Asia-Pacific  has recognized the following 14 Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers and consultants for their impressive legal knowledge and expertise, capabilities, and client-focused services...

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December 12, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Top Rankings in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins has been recognized with Band 1 rankings for its Intellectual Property, Insurance, and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) practices in Thailand in the 2018 edition...

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November 30, 2017

Legal 500 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in Tier 1 in IP, Labor and Employment, Tax, and TMT in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office has been ranked in “Tier 1” for Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Tax, and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications in the 2018 edition of The Legal...

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November 30, 2017

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018: Fourteen Tilleke Attorneys Named as “Leading Individuals”

The 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  has named 14 Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers from across Southeast Asia as “Leading Individuals.” Ten of the firm's lawyers were recognized in...

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November 29, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Wins Three Asialaw Firm of the Year Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has received high accolades for its exceptional regional practice at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards, where it was named Southeast Asia Firm of the Year...

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October 31, 2017

ChemLinked Foodpedia Article: Food Regulation in Thailand

Alan Adcock

Foodpedia articles, published online on the ChemLinked Chemical Portal by REACH24H Consulting Group, provide an overview of the food industries in eight jurisdictions in Asia. An article on Food...

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September 22, 2017

PLC Life Sciences Global Guide 2017 – Thailand Chapter

Alan Adcock, Atthachai Homhuan, Siraprapha Rungpry

PLC Life Sciences Global Guide  is a Q&A-style chapter that provides an overview of the regulatory frameworks of the life sciences industries across multiple jurisdictions worldwide. Legal...

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August 31, 2017

Thailand Legal Basics

Thailand Legal Basics, a valuable primer for foreign investors, explores all aspects of living and doing business in Thailand. Written by Tilleke & Gibbins, the book begins with an overview of...

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May 5, 2017

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2017

As part of its membership in Lex Mundi, Tilleke & Gibbins has published an updated edition of its Guide to Doing Business in Thailand for 2017.This guide offers a broad introduction to all of the...

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April 14, 2017

IP Linkage: The Thai Government’s Efforts to Connect Agencies

Alan Adcock

On February 24, 2017, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke to the nation and discussed the 12,000+ patent applications before the Thai Patent Office that are currently being processed and awaiting...

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