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 2012), Darani is currently recognized as a top IP practitioner by such publications as Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2003-2013), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2003-2013), Practical Law Co. (2006-2013), and Chambers Asia-Pacific (2008-2013).

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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December 16, 2014

Asia IP Experts 2014: Eight Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Recognized

Identifying the best intellectual property (IP) lawyers in Asia, Asia IP  has released the 2014 edition of Asia IP Experts, a list of leading lawyers in nine key, IP-related practice areas. The...

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November 14, 2014

Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014: Tilleke & Gibbins Honored in Three Categories

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul, Sukontip Jitmongkolthong

On November 13, 2014, the Euromoney Legal Media Group hosted its annual Asia Women in Business Law Awards at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong. The firm awards were judged on the best initiatives for...

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November 12, 2014

Asialaw Profiles 2015 Ranks Tilleke & Gibbins Among Top Firms in Laos

Tilleke & Gibbins’ office in Laos, which opened and began to operate in September 2013, has been ranked as a “Highly Recommended” firm by Asialaw Profiles 2015  in the following five...

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November 12, 2014

Asialaw Profiles 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins’ Thailand Team “Highly Recommended” in Nine Practice Areas

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of the Thai legal market, Asialaw Profiles 2015  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins as a “Highly Recommended” firm in nine practice areas. The rankings, which are...

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November 10, 2014

2014 Asia IP Awards: Tilleke & Gibbins Wins Patent and Trademark Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Patent Firm of the Year and Trademark Firm of the Year for Thailand at the 2014 Asia IP Awards, a set of annual awards conducted by Hong Kong-based legal...

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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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November 27, 2014

Myanmar: An Emerging IP Regime Begins to Take Shape

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

Since Myanmar opened its doors in 2011 and began to reengage with the rest of the global economy, many forward-thinking companies have been eager to enter the local market. Currently, however, there...

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April 29, 2014

Anticounterfeiting 2014 – A Global Guide – Southeast Asia Focus on Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Vietnam

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Sukontip Jitmongkolthong, Somboon Earterasarun, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm, Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn, Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa, Loc Xuan Le, Linh Duy Mai

With a population of 600 million, the combined economy of the 10 nations comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ranks as the ninth largest in the world. With the ASEAN Economic...

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March 3, 2014

Expediting the Patent Examination System in Thailand: Recent Developments

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Prateep Naboriboon, Atthachai Homhuan

In Thailand, patents applications can often remain pending for quite a long time, and this is causing great concern to both Thai and foreign patent applicants. The average time required to obtain a...

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January 22, 2014

Trademarks in Myanmar: An Emerging IP Regime

Darani Vachanavuttivong

Among its many legal reforms now underway, Myanmar is beginning to develop new systems for the protection of intellectual property rights. Historically, there have not been any specific IP laws in...

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