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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March 20, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins Named IP Firm of the Year for Vietnam by Managing Intellectual Property

Leading Southeast Asian law firm Tilleke & Gibbins was honored to again be named IP Firm of the Year for Vietnam by Managing Intellectual Property, a leading international publication for...

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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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March 4, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked Among Top Patent Practices in Vietnam by Managing Intellectual Property

Tilleke & Gibbins’ IP practice in Vietnam has been awarded a “Tier 1” ranking from Managing Intellectual Property  magazine, in the category of patent prosecution. The firm was one of just...

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February 18, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Thailand Law Firm of the Year 2014 by Chambers Asia-Pacific

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Thailand Law Firm of the Year 2014 by Chambers Asia-Pacific. The award was announced at Chambers Asia-Pacific’s annual Awards for Excellence ceremony, which was...

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February 18, 2014

Chambers Ranks Tilleke IP Practice in Top Tier in Thailand for 2014

Chambers Asia-Pacific, a leading industry publication, has released its 2014 rankings, and has placed Tilleke & Gibbins’ intellectual property practice in Thailand in “Band 1,” which represents...

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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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July 5, 2013

Intellectual Property in Vietnam: Registration, Protection, Commercialization

The importance of protecting and enforcing your intellectual property (IP) rights can never be stressed enough. Without taking precautions, your business’s intellectual assets are more vulnerable to...

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June 12, 2013

EABC: Basic Steps to Commercialize Your Intellectual Property in Thailand

James Evans

James Evans, a senior consultant with the Tilleke & Gibbins intellectual property group and chair of the intellectual property committee of the European ASEAN Business Centre in Thailand (EABC),...

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April 19, 2013

Health and Safety and IP Must Go Hand in Hand

James Evans

No one in their right mind would buy counterfeit medicines, chemicals, or car parts, yet there is a dark trade in these dangerous items in Asia—and it is on the increase. A recent case in March, as...

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