In an article that delves into Southeast Asia’s enforcement environment and the different forms of investigations, Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers Darani Vachanavuttivong, co-managing partner and managing director of the IP department, and Alan Adcock, partner and deputy director of the IP department, were interviewed by World Trademark Review for their perspectives on the subject.
Darani, commenting on the recent trend of firms establishing their own investigation teams, said that Tilleke & Gibbins’ decision to form its own team of six full-time investigators was made because the firm’s clients had bad experiences with private investigators. She explained that a poorly timed or coordinated raid would mean that the proof of infringement would disappear before the police arrived, and improper collection would result in key pieces of evidence being thrown out of court.
Alan, also commenting on the trend, said, “if you’re in Southeast Asia, it’s very difficult to find an investigation firm which has the ability to investigate trade secrets and patents,” because these investigators often do not have specialist knowledge in IP law. A law firm with its own investigation team will have this knowledge.
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