Suebsiri Taweepon

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Thai, English

Education

LLM, Duke University

LLM, Thammasat University

LLB, Chulalongkorn University

Suebsiri Taweepon is a partner at Tilleke & Gibbins specializing in intellectual property. For six consecutive years, he has been recognized as one of the top legal experts in Asia by the annual Asialaw Leading Lawyers survey.

Suebsiri takes a considered, practical approach to his work, and has experience in a wide range of intellectual property matters, both contentious and noncontentious, including litigation, licensing, and registration of intellectual property rights, with particular emphasis in computer software and technology-related industries. He advises local and overseas clients on protecting and managing their portfolios of trademarks, patents, designs, copyrights, and domain names, as well as commercial licensing of intellectual assets.

Suebsiri has been involved in several government consultations and has a great deal of experience in anticounterfeiting matters, including investigation of intellectual property infringement and criminal raid actions.

In addition to his work at Tilleke & Gibbins, Suebsiri is Co-Chair of the Emerging IP Rights Committee of APAA (the Asian Patent Attorneys Association). He is also an adjunct lecturer, teaching intellectual property law in the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University (one of the top law schools in Thailand), and other universities. Suebsiri is a prolific author of articles and other publications, and a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on intellectual property–related topics.

  • Cooperated with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to execute sophisticated raid plans and successfully seized more than 1,000 fully assembled motorcycles worth more than THB 40,000,000 from a motorcycle factory in southern Thailand. The motorcycles were seized under the authority of the Thai Patent Act for the offense of criminal infringement of a well-known Japanese motorcycle company’s design patents.

  • Won a tremendous victory in one of the most complex patent litigation cases ever presented at the IP&IT Court on behalf of a U.S. multinational glass manufacturer. The case involved a Thai patent comprising various product and process claims in mirror-making technology. Our client was the defendant in a civil action brought by a top Japanese glass mirror maker, alleging infringement of its patent rights. In turn, our client filed a counterclaim asserting that the granted patent is invalid and should be revoked. After more than 30 days of hearings with testimonies of world-class experts from both sides, the Court rendered its judgment completely in favor of our client. The Court declared the plaintiff’s patent invalid and unenforceable.

  • Successfully defended and reached a favorable settlement on behalf of a large Thai automotive lighting company in patent litigation involving a French company in the same business of automotive lighting and the sale of automotive spare parts.

  • Advising and working in collaboration with the Software Industry Promotion Agency, a public organization under the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Thailand. Advised on IPR-related issues for more than 50 Thai software companies and organized three seminars with more than 150 attendees over the project’s three-year span.

  • Secured a victory for the top producer of welding electrodes in Thailand against a local infringer in a landmark passing-off case before the Supreme Court of Thailand. The client’s resounding success may be attributed to the defensive strategy of using multiple separate trademark registrations to collectively cover the entire package design.

  • Represented a top Italian fashion design company in a case before the IP&IT Court. The IP&IT Court cancelled the defendants’ 18 trademarks, awarded a substantial amount of compensation to the client, and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendant from using marks similar to the client’s trademarks and trade name.

  • Advised a Fortune 500 health care services company and successfully secured its valuable trade secret from possible misappropriation by suspected infringers.

  • Provided strategic advice on trademark portfolio management and helped to combat several infringing logos on behalf of the world’s largest international coffeehouse chain company.

  • Advised and assisted a financial services company in protecting its computer software against unauthorized use and dissemination of copyrighted works.

  • 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.

  • Represented multinational companies in complex patent litigation matters in both prosecuting against patent infringement and defending against the alleged use of equivalent technology.

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November 25, 2016

The Asian Lawyer: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

The Asian Lawyer  has named Tilleke & Gibbins as the Intellectual Property Firm of the Year as part of its annual Emerging Markets Awards. Suebsiri Taweepon, a partner in Tilleke &...

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November 16, 2016

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in Tier 1 for IP and TMT in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins has been ranked in “Tier 1” for Intellectual Property and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications in Thailand in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, a guide to the...

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November 4, 2016

Asialaw Profiles 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Leads All Firms in Rankings in Thailand

Asialaw Profiles 2017, a guide to the leading domestic and regional firms in the Asia Pacific, has awarded top rankings to Tilleke & Gibbins in Thailand. The rankings, which are determined...

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October 12, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins Named as Trademark and Copyright Firm of the Year in Thailand at 2016 Asia IP Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named the Trademark Firm of the Year and the Copyright Firm of the Year in Thailand at the 2016 Asia IP Awards. The winners of the awards were announced at a ceremony...

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October 4, 2016

Pattaya Mail: Suebsiri Taweepon Discusses Enforcing IP in the Automotive Industry

Suebsiri Taweepon

Suebsiri Taweepon, a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ intellectual property group, was featured in a Pattaya Mail  article titled “AFG Looks at IP.” The article covered a seminar called “...

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November 23, 2016

Copyright Act Amendments: Combating Online Infringement – Obstacles and Prospects

Suebsiri Taweepon, Alec Wheatley

Last year’s amendments to the Thai Copyright Act gave copyright owners broader and more advanced tools to tackle copyright infringement in the digital age. Among these amendments, the one which has...

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October 28, 2016

Utilizing Patent Valuation to Achieve Your Business Goals

Suebsiri Taweepon, Benjapol Kongsombut

It has become common practice for companies to sell and license out patents, and even use patents as collateral, in order to secure loans from financial institutions or attract capital from investors...

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August 25, 2016

Commercializing Intellectual Property Through Securitization

Suebsiri Taweepon, Ploynapa Julagasigorn

The conventional practice to commercialize intellectual property (IP) is to directly exploit or license IP assets. A trend is emerging, however, to commercialize IP through securitization. This trend...

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July 27, 2016

Removing Infringing Content on ISPs Hosted in Thailand and the European Union

Suebsiri Taweepon

Online copyright infringement is a widespread problem. Infringing content that is uploaded to the Internet in one jurisdiction can be easily accessed from around the world. Internet service providers...

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July 7, 2016

Thailand: Trademark Act Reacts to Refilling and Reuse of Packaging and Containers

Suebsiri Taweepon

In a trademark infringement that is endemic in Thailand, genuine containers and packaging bearing the mark of a legitimate trademark owner are refilled with illicit contents and reused by third...

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