James Evans

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Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, York

LLB, Leeds University

James Evans, a qualified solicitor of England & Wales, is a consultant at Tilleke & Gibbins who advises on IP matters across Southeast Asia. In 2010, James was recognized as one of the top 250 life sciences patent litigators worldwide by Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Life Sciences 250, and he is listed in The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences IP Lawyers. James is a WIPO-listed arbitrator.

James began his career in law in the UK, where he worked on reported patent and trademark infringement matters in the UK High Court and Court of Appeal. He qualified in the UK as a lawyer (Solicitor of England & Wales, 2002) and has been working on IP matters in Bangkok since 2004.

James handles infringement matters in relation to all types of IP, with particular expertise in patent litigation (e.g. in the pharmaceutical field, in which he has acted for large pharmaceutical companies in litigation against generics companies), trademark infringement/passing off, copyright infringement, and alternative dispute resolution. James has experience in media-related matters, having advised several international broadcasting and media companies on such subjects as advertising, broadcasting, online marketplaces, and file-sharing. James also handles transactional IP matters such as licensing and technology transfer across Southeast Asia.

James has carried out mediations both at the Department of Intellectual Property and at Thailand’s Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court on patent, trademark, and copyright matters. In addition, James has significant experience in trademark and patent portfolio management at both the national and international level. He has handled IP matters in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

  • Advised a European pharmaceutical company in relation to patent infringement issues in Vietnam and Thailand.

  • Advised a multinational media company on a regional copyright dispute in the broadcasting field.

  • 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.

  • Advised an international energy company on freedom-to-operate searches in multiple jurisdictions in Asia, including patent strategy and licensing issues.

  • Represented a leading U.K.-based sportswear and football equipment supplier in a civil case against its former Thai distributor. Obtained an Anton Piller order and seized a total of 96,000 counterfeit items that were produced in breach of the defendant’s contract with the client.

  • Acted for a U.S. rice company in a trademark dispute in relation to genetic rice varieties and generic/geographical name issues. The representation included obtaining expert evidence from a rice geneticist and working closely with local authorities.

  • Advised a pharmaceutical client on various IP issues, such as product liability, government advocacy on new regulations, compulsory licenses, new laws (Patent Act, Drug Act), and trademark registration.

  • Acted for an R&D-based pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement action against a generic pharmaceutical company in Thailand. The matter involved the mediation of issues that were highly sensitive due to the nature of the cancer treatment pharmaceuticals and processes.

  • Advised a multinational beverages company on large-scale trademark searches and filing operations, including registrability, branding, marketing, and infringement advice. This was an urgent pre-launch project for many proposed brands.

  • Represented clients on the following reported cases in Court of Appeal and High Court of England and Wales: Dyson Ltd v Hoover Ltd. [2002] R.P.C. 119 (21): 841-850; H Young (Operations) Ltd. v Medici Ltd. [2004] EWCA Civ 863; Unilin Beheer v Berry Floor [2004] EWCA Civ 1021.

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July 16, 2014

James Evans and Yuwadee Thean-ngarm Interviewed by MIP on Myanmar’s Trademark Law

James Evans, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

Since Myanmar’s historic by-election in 2012, the country has made significant progress in drafting a modernized set of intellectual property (IP) laws. Myanmar’s first draft trademark law is now...

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July 14, 2014

James Evans to Speak at BCCT Boardroom Briefing on ASEAN Intellectual Property

James Evans

The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand is hosting a Boardroom Briefing seminar to discuss the topic “ASEAN Intellectual Property Issues: Practical Steps for Protection of IP and Taxation Aspects of...

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July 9, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins in Vietnam Ranked Tier 1 for Trademark by Asia IP

In its annual Trademark Survey, legal publication Asia IP has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam IP practice in “Tier 1” for its capabilities in “Trademark Prosecution” and “Trademark Contentious...

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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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July 2, 2014

ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk Guide: Transfer of Technology to Southeast Asia

James Evans

The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk, a European Commission project to support European Union enterprises in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights (IPR) in or relating to ASEAN, has...

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July 2, 2014

ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk Guide: Protecting Your IP at Trade Fairs in Southeast Asia

James Evans

As part of the European Commission’s objective to support small and medium-sized enterprises to secure their ASEAN intellectual property rights (IPR), the ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk—a European Commission...

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April 22, 2014

Media, Advertising, and Entertainment Law Throughout the World 2014 – Thailand Chapter

Hassana Chira-aphakul, James Evans

In what marks the latest edition of the guide, Media, Advertising, and Entertainment Law Throughout the World 2014 has been published, to which Tilleke & Gibbins has contributed the Thailand and...

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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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October 18, 2013

Thailand Paving the Way Toward an Innovation-Driven Economy

James Evans

Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk recently reiterated the government’s determination to continue promoting the Thailand Creative Economy initiative. In an attempt to rally support for Thailand’s...

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