Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn

Attorney-at-Law
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Thai, English

Education

LLM, American University, Washington College of Law

MSA, Central Michigan University

LLB, Thammasat University

Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn is an attorney-at-law specializing in intellectual property enforcement in the firm’s Bangkok office. He serves clients primarily in the entertainment, automotive, software, consumer products, cosmetics, and fashion industries. In protecting his clients’ valuable IPR, Titirat develops and implements strategies that include, as necessary, contractual transactions, IP due diligence, mediation, multi-level negotiations, investigations, raids, and other enforcement actions.

Titirat’s expertise in government relations is also demanded by clients in non-IP matters. Titirat introduces clients to the government agencies relevant to their industry, gives presentations to government officials, acts as a point of contact on behalf of his clients, coordinates advocacy initiatives, counsels clients on anti-corruption laws,  and responds to government inquiries and other critical situations.

Fluent in English and the recipient of two advanced degrees from leading universities in the United States, Titirat is a sought-after speaker and author. He is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, and the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand.

  • 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.

  • Collaborated with the DSI in investigating and organizing a raid action against a target that sold counterfeit auto parts and accessories in Bangkok. The enterprise appeared to be a regular shop, but it maintained a large stock of counterfeit European-branded auto parts and accessories and a wide distribution network with many car repair shops. After months of  investigation, the DSI raided the premises and seized over 15,000 counterfeit products.

  • Stopped the sale and manufacture of infringing racing apparel and equipment. The counterfeit products were being offered for sale on a motorcycle fan website. We served a warning notice and convinced the webmaster to remove all advertisements for the counterfeit products from the website and to block any new advertisements with keywords containing our client’s mark. Our further investigation revealed a large importer and distributor of counterfeit products located in Chinatown. We conducted a raid of the premises, on our client’s behalf, and seized several hundred counterfeit items.

  • Defended one of the leading global hotel management companies in a civil lawsuit for trademark infringement brought by a well-known real estate development company in Thailand. With our strong legal arguments and reliable documents and evidence, we convinced the IP&IT Court that our client was entitled to use its trade name and trademark in connection with its hotel business. The civil lawsuit was dismissed and the Trademark Registrar granted the registration of our client’s trademark application according to the judgment of the IP&IT Court.

  • Secured a victory for a Thai healthcare products company before the Supreme Court in trademark litigation initiated by its former employee and authorized manufacturing company. The opposing party claimed to be the owner of our client’s trademarks as well as the mechanism for the production of haemodialysis solutions. The client’s resounding success may be attributed to the defensive strategy of introducing evidence that demonstrated the bad faith of the former employee in initiating the case.

  • Helped a leading automobile manufacturer to enforce its trademarks. Unauthorized agents were importing, selling, and marketing cars and maintenance services using the client’s brand and service marks. The team conducted a full investigation in Bangkok and surrounding areas and identified 40 cases of infringement. Through mediation procedures, the vast majority of the infringers agreed to cease their use of the client's mark.

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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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May 23, 2014

MIP: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked “Tier 1” in Thailand in Multiple Trademark Categories

For the 11th year in a row, Tilleke & Gibbins has been ranked as a “Tier 1” firm in Thailand for both “Trademark Prosecution” and “Trademark Contentious” by Managing Intellectual Property. In...

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May 16, 2014

Asian Legal Business: Tilleke & Gibbins Thailand Receives Top Rankings in Patents and Trademarks/Copyright

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Thailand IP practice has received “Tier 1” classifications for both “Patents” and “Trademarks/Copyright” in Asian Legal Business’ annual IP rankings. Asian Legal Business...

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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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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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November 27, 2013

Case Study: Raid Action Process in Lao PDR

Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn

Part and parcel of protecting and enforcing brand owners’ intellectual property is preventing counterfeit goods that infringe their rights from ever reaching consumers. One way in which this can be...

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October 30, 2013

Managing IP Roundtable: How to Approach IP Rights Across ASEAN

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Thomas J. Treutler, Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn, Somboon Earterasarun, Alan Adcock

Rights holders are looking to Southeast Asia as the next growth region. In this virtual roundtable in the November 2013 edition of Managing Intellectual Property magazine, attorneys from various law...

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August 27, 2013

Case Study: IP Enforcement Process in Lao PDR

Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn

More and more multinational corporations are seeking to grow their business in Lao PDR, also commonly known as Laos. With annual GDP growth rates of over 8% (according to the latest World Bank...

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April 30, 2013

Anticounterfeiting 2013 – A Global Guide: Southeast Asia Focus on Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar

Sukontip Jitmongkolthong, Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn, Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa

With a total population of approximately 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. To...

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