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October 6, 2011

Seminar on IT Issues for Thai Manufacturers

A seminar held yesterday in Bangkok focused on the opportunities and challenges faced by Thai manufacturers operating in the global marketplace. The seminar, “Shifting Sands in International Trade – Opportunities for Southeast Asian Manufacturers,” focused particularly on the role of information technology in manufacturing operations through an examination of both legal regulations and practical issues, such as supply chain risks and software asset management. Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), the Association of Thai Software Industry, and Tilleke & Gibbins were cohosts of the event.

In covering the event, the Bangkok Post described the importance of new unfair competition laws in the U.S. states of Louisiana and Washington. These laws impose civil liability on manufacturers who use stolen or unauthorized IT in the production of their goods.

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Co-Managing Partner and Managing Director of the Tilleke & Gibbins IP group, was among the speakers at the event. She described how the U.S. unfair competition laws will affect Thai companies, and she urged manufacturers to closely examine their supply chains to ensure compliance.

The Nation quoted DIP Director-General Pajchima Tanasanti as assuring Thai companies that compliance with Thai law would be sufficient to ensure compliance with the U.S. laws, and indeed such compliance may provide competitive advantages for Thai firms. “In fact, firms that strictly follow the Thai Copyright Act will not only be complying with the fair-competition requirement but will also benefit from the new laws in terms of business competition and international acceptance,” she said.

Additional information about the event is provided by the Bangkok Post and The Nation.