On September 16, 2021, the Thailand Recognized Group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) elected councilors and standing committee members for the new term, and six attorneys from Tilleke & Gibbins across nearly all IP practices won places on APAA Thailand’s various committees and executive bodies: Darani Vachanavuttivong – APAA Thailand Council Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa – Anti-counterfeiting Committee Sukontip Jitmongkolthong – Copyright Committee Napagate Ratana – Design Committee Suebsiri Taweepon – Emerging IP Rights Committee Peeyakorn Suparugbundit – Patent Committee The APAA advocates for intellectual property protection throughout Asia by fostering connections among IP professionals and organizations, cooperating with other organizations in the region, and arranging activities for members to promote understanding of IP laws in Asia. For more information on the APAA, please see the APAA website.
The Cambodia chapter of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA) recently held elections for the leadership team for the 2021–2023 term, and on September 16, it was confirmed that Sokmean Chea, an associate in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Cambodia office, has been reelected as a councilor of the association. The ASEAN IPA—of which Darani Vachanavuttivong, co-managing partner of Tilleke & Gibbins, is the president—promotes intellectual property issues and the importance of enforcing intellectual property rights in the ASEAN region. The association builds cooperation and understanding among legal and business experts who are concerned with intellectual property in the ASEAN countries, in order to encourage the development and protection of intellectual property in the ASEAN countries. Each country in ASEAN has its own national chapter, charged with carrying out the ASEAN IPA mission on a national level and marshalling support for the association’s regional initiatives. As one of three councilors on the five-person ASEAN IP Cambodia executive leadership team, Sokmean will provide guidance and oversight of the Cambodia chapter’s activities for the 2021–2023 term. For more information about the ASEAN IPA, please see the ASEAN IPA website.
Andrew Stoutley, chief operating officer of Tilleke & Gibbins, provided a lengthy quote to Asian Legal Business (ALB) for a recent feature on how law firms in Southeast Asia are increasingly using data analytics and information to drive their business strategy. The article featured contributions from a number of partners and executives from firms across Southeast Asia on the different ways that their firms are applying data to their operations and incorporating information and analytics into their strategic decision-making processes. In his contribution, Andrew explained that as technology has become central to virtually all operations at Tilleke & Gibbins, metrics and data have been harnessed to inform decisions at all levels. To illustrate this, he gave the example of a broad strategic planning process that the firm has undertaken to lay out strategy for the coming years. Identifying and gathering key quantitative and qualitative data points was crucial to the process, which considers every element of the firm’s planned operations for the next several years. Andrew went on to discuss the importance of determining how best to share the data with the relevant stakeholders, such as through visualizations or dashboards that allow staff to monitor the progress of operations. The other informants for the article reported a similar uptick in reliance on data—such as in competitive intelligence, billing, and matter management—and emphasized the necessity for firms to recognize the value of data as a resource that must be protected and used wisely. The full article is available on page 4 of the September 2021 issue of ALB.
Michelle Ray-Jones, consultant, and Ploynapa Julagasigorn, associate, have been elected to the board of the Licensing and Executives Society (LES) Thailand, as announced at the LES Thailand annual conference on September 9–10, 2021. Michelle is the new president for the coming term, while Ploynapa is the society’s secretary. As board members, Michelle and Ploynapa are responsible for guiding LES policies and activities as it seeks to promote knowledge sharing and education on licensing, advocate for licensing issues to governmental and international bodies, and encourage standards and best practices among licensing executives. Their assumption of these leadership roles is also an indication of the growing diversity and gender parity in the licensing industry, which has often been male dominated in the past. Tilleke & Gibbins was one of the five founding members of LES Thailand when it was established in 2013. Since then the organization has expanded to offer seminars, events, and conferences throughout the year to help licensing professionals stay up to date on important current concerns and trends in licensing activities. For more information on LES Thailand’s Annual Conference 2021, please visit the LES Thailand website.