Darani Vachanavuttivong

Co-Managing Partner and Managing Director, Intellectual Property
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Thai, English

Education

LLB, Ramkhamhaeng University

MSc, Thammasat University

BBA, Thammasat University

Darani Vachanavuttivong is a formidable enforcer of intellectual property rights (IPR), including trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Regarded as “a brilliant, hands-on lawyer who works extremely hard for her clients” (WTR 1000), Darani is currently recognized as a top IP practitioner by such publications as Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2003-2014), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2003-2015), and Chambers Asia-Pacific (2008-2015).

Darani helps clients protect IPR in some of the toughest jurisdictions in the world—Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. Darani previously headed the firm’s trademark registration group and is well-versed in writing patents, having represented numerous patent clients and having attended several high-level courses on drafting patent specifications, including the South East Asian Patent Drafting Training Course and the Patent Agent Training Course organized by the Department of Intellectual Property, Bangkok.

A leading IP attorney and a leader in the IP field, Darani is the managing director of the Tilleke & Gibbins intellectual property group, which is consistently recognized as the preeminent IP practice in Thailand. Outside of the firm, Darani was elected by her peers to serve on the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (AIPA) as the Country Head for Thailand (2009-2015) and as a Council Member (2007-2015). She also serves as President of the Thailand group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (2012-2015). In addition, she was the President of the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (IPAT) for two terms (2005-2009) and continues to be involved in IPAT as the Secretary General and as a member of the Board of Directors.

Darani takes a realistic, no-nonsense approach to protecting intellectual property in Southeast Asia, and notes that, “protecting IPR should be viewed as an investment in the product and the company’s good name and as a critical line-item in any originator’s budget.”

  • Represented our client before the IP&IT Court and obtained a very favorable settlement just prior to the rendering of judgment in what has been widely regarded as the largest and most complex patent infringement case in Thai history. In this multijurisdictional case, our team not only secured a rare Anton Piller order to seize infringing goods, which enabled us to successfully prove infringement, but also formulated extensive strategies for protecting the validity of our client’s patent.

  • Defended a leading company in infant and child nutritional products against an allegation of trademark infringement (claims total USD 1,000,000).

  • Interviewed inventors and concerned parties to collect information for drafting patent and petty patent specifications. Determined novelty and inventive step through patent searches.

  • Drafted a patent specification for a client in the electronic-money industry.

  • 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.

  • Responded in a timely and effective manner to news that a variation of our client’s trade name and trademark would be used in a major concert and festival sponsored by parties in both the private and public sectors. With only two weeks’ notice, we immediately commenced negotiations at all levels with the appropriate government agencies and the organizer. Our prompt and diligent actions were effective. Prior to the event, the hosts changed the name and mark of the event, and all advertisements were removed and corrected.

  • Represented a food manufacturer in carrying out an international raid in Laos against trademark violations by local retailers, and coordinated with local authorities to carry out the raid, seize all counterfeit products, and destroy them.

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June 23, 2015

IAM Patent 1000 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in “Gold Band” for Patent Services in Thailand

For the third year in a row, in the 2015 edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, Tilleke & Gibbins has been ranked as a “Gold Band” firm in Thailand for its...

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June 10, 2015

Asia IP: Darani Vachanavuttivong Comments on Trademark Registration in Laos

Darani Vachanavuttivong

In its cover story on “Asia Steps Up in Trademark Enforcement,” Hong Kong-based intellectual property magazine Asia IP  interviewed Darani Vachanavuttivong, co-managing partner and managing...

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June 9, 2015

ALB Diversity List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Counted Among Top Firms

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Tilleke & Gibbins has been included in the first edition of the Diversity List, a list compiled by Asian Legal Business—forming part of the magazine’s “Women in Law” feature—that showcases the...

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May 13, 2015

Asian Legal Business Ranks Tilleke & Gibbins in “Tier 1” for Patents and Trademarks/Copyright in Thailand

In the latest annual IP rankings from Asian Legal Business, Tilleke & Gibbins’ IP practice in Thailand has again been placed at the top of the legal market, with our firm receiving “Tier 1”...

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April 16, 2015

Asian Legal Business: Tilleke & Gibbins Voted Employer of Choice 2015 in Thailand

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

For the third year in a row, Asian Legal Business  has named Tilleke & Gibbins “Employer of Choice” in Thailand, solidifying our reputation as one of Asia’s best law firms to work for. The...

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May 28, 2015

Cambodia’s Swift Accession to the Madrid Protocol

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Nearirath Sreng

The Madrid System for the international registration of marks, governed by the Madrid Protocol, is gaining popularity across Southeast Asia. Several countries in the region are preparing to implement...

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March 26, 2015

Well-Known Trademarks in Myanmar

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

From the time Myanmar opened its doors to the international community in 2011, there has been an influx of inward investment and a multitude of new ventures established in the country. As...

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January 7, 2015

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2015

Tilleke & Gibbins, in association with Lex Mundi, has published the latest edition of the Guide to Doing Business in Thailand. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the legal and...

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December 22, 2014

PLC Doing Business In … Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2015 – Thailand Chapter

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Sriwan Puapondh, Kitti Thaisomboon, Michael Ramirez, Areeya Pornwiriyangkura, Anake Rattanajitbanjong, Passanan Suwannoi, Kasma Visitkitjakarn, Ahmet Yesilkaya, Penrurk Phetmani

Practical Law Company, in association with Lex Mundi, has published the latest edition of its Q&A guides to doing business worldwide. The Thailand chapter, authored by Tilleke & Gibbins...

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December 3, 2014

Update on Thailand’s Intellectual Property Regime

Darani Vachanavuttivong

Subsequent to the installation of a new government in Thailand on September 15, 2014, a number of important updates have been made to the country’s intellectual property (IP) regime. Amidst the...

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