Darani Vachanavuttivong

Co-Managing Partner and Managing Director, Intellectual Property
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Thai, English

Education

LLB, Ramkhamhaeng University

MSc, Thammasat University

BBA, Thammasat University

Darani Vachanavuttivong is a formidable enforcer of intellectual property rights (IPR), including trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Regarded as “a brilliant, hands-on lawyer who works extremely hard for her clients” (WTR 1000), Darani is currently recognized as a top IP practitioner by such publications as Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2003-2019), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2003-2019), and Chambers Asia-Pacific (2008-2019). She has been named as one of the most accomplished female IP practitioners in the world by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, which has included Darani in its list of the “Top 250 Women in IP” since 2016. 

Darani helps clients protect IPR in some of the toughest jurisdictions in the world—Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. Darani previously headed the firm’s trademark registration group and is well-versed in writing patents, having represented numerous patent clients and having attended several high-level courses on drafting patent specifications, including the South East Asian Patent Drafting Training Course and the Patent Agent Training Course organized by the Department of Intellectual Property, Bangkok.

A leading IP attorney and a leader in the IP field, Darani is the managing director of the Tilleke & Gibbins intellectual property group, which is consistently recognized as the preeminent IP practice in Thailand. Outside of the firm, Darani was elected by her peers to serve on the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (AIPA) as the Country Head for Thailand (2009-2019) and as a Council Member (2007-2019). She is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee (2016-2017). She  served as President of the Thailand group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (2012-2015) and continues to serve the APAA as Vice President of the Thailand Group (2015-2018). In addition, she was the President of the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (IPAT) for two terms (2005-2009) and continues to be involved in IPAT as the Secretary General and as a member of the Board of Directors.

Darani takes a realistic, no-nonsense approach to protecting intellectual property in Southeast Asia, and notes that, “protecting IPR should be viewed as an investment in the product and the company’s good name and as a critical line-item in any originator’s budget.”

  • Acted on behalf of our client before the IP&IT Court and obtained a very favorable settlement just prior to the rendering of judgment in what has been widely regarded as the largest and most complex patent infringement case in Thai history. In this multijurisdictional case, our team not only secured a rare Anton Piller order to seize infringing goods, which enabled us to successfully prove infringement, but also formulated extensive strategies for protecting the validity of our client’s patent.

  • Defended a leading Thai manufacturer of wood protection materials against an allegation of trademark infringement (claims totaled USD 1 million).

  • Interviewed inventors and concerned parties to collect information for drafting patent and petty patent specifications. Determined novelty and inventive step through patent searches.

  • Drafted a patent specification for a client in the electronic-money industry.

  • 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.

  • Represented a food manufacturer in carrying out an international raid in Laos against trademark violations by local retailers, and coordinated with local authorities to carry out the raid, seize all counterfeit products, and destroy them.

  • Provided strategic planning advice on the holding and assignment of trademark owners for trademarks registered worldwide.

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September 21, 2020

Asialaw Profiles 2021: Tilleke & Gibbins Dominates the Thailand Rankings

The recent publication of Asialaw Profiles 2021, a guide to the leading Asian law firms, saw Tilleke & Gibbins further maintaining its dominance of the legal market in Thailand. The firm earned...

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September 21, 2020

Asialaw Profiles 2021: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked among Top Law Firms in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Myanmar

In the recently published Asialaw Profiles 2021, a guide to the leading Asian law firms, Tilleke & Gibbins’ offices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Myanmar achieved high rankings across several...

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September 21, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Recognized with 21 Individual Rankings in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2021

A total of 21 Tilleke & Gibbins practitioners are recognized in the 2021 edition of Asialaw Leading Lawyers, a highly regarded guide to leading law firms and legal practitioners in the Asia-...

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September 3, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Earns 15 Nominations for ALB’s 2020 SE Asia Law Awards

Asian Legal Business  (ALB ) has announced its nominations for the 2020 SE Asia Law Awards, and Tilleke & Gibbins has received a record 15 nominations this year—more than double...

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August 27, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Wins Thailand Firm of the Year in Asialaw Awards 2020

In the recently announced Asialaw Awards 2020, Tilleke & Gibbins was named Thailand Firm of the Year in the Client Service Excellence category, in recognition of the firm’s full-service client...

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September 16, 2020

Myanmar: COVID-19 Halts IP Declarations with Office of Registration and Deeds

In response to the recent uptick in cases of COVID-19 found in Myanmar, and concern about the disease’s spread, all branches of Myanmar’s Office of Registration and Deeds (ORD) have temporarily...

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September 16, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Center

As the global COVID-19 situation develops, Tilleke & Gibbins is dedicated to ensuring that our clients remain up to date on the most important legal developments in Southeast Asia as they happen...

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July 7, 2020

International Trademark Registration under the Madrid System in Thailand: Practical Points for Brand Owners

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Waralee Sripawadkul

As of 22 June 2020, Thailand has received 20,368 Madrid applications and, if considering only the years 2018 and 2019, almost 60% of foreign marks filed in Thailand utilised the Madrid System. With...

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June 15, 2020

Southeast Asia’s IP Offices Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Dino Santaniello, Jay Cohen, Linh Thi Mai Nguyen, Rochmali Zultan , Sher Hann Chua, Sokmean Chea, Wongrat Ratanaprayul, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

The intellectual property offices of Southeast Asia have implemented measures ranging from deadline extensions to expanded online services to cope with office closures and other issues brought about...

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March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Status Update for Southeast Asia - March 18, 2020

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on Southeast Asia are a deep concern shared by all with connections to the region. To encourage clear understanding of the facts on the ground, Tilleke...

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