Tilleke & Gibbins
Supalai Grand Tower, 26th Floor 1011 Rama 3 Road
Chongnonsi, Yannawa Bangkok
Tel: +66 2653 5888
Fax: +66 2653 5678
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 (2003-2014), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2003-2015), and Chambers Asia-Pacific (2008-2015).
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 (2009-2015) and as a Council Member (2007-2015). She also serves as President of the Thailand group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (2012-2015). 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.”
IP Law Practice:
Tilleke & Gibbins develops comprehensive strategies for managing intellectual property portfolios and deriving profit from intellectual assets. For our pharmaceuticals and life sciences clients, for example, such strategies may take into consideration compulsory licenses, advertising and marketing, promotion to professionals, trade secrets and data protection, and product liability. In collaboration with our Technology, Media, and Telecommunications group, we provide services related to the clearance and licensing of intellectual property as it relates to film, television, radio, and Internet content.
Our practitioners have extensive experience in IP licensing and contracts, including agreements relating to franchising, licensing, distributorship, technology transfer, confidentiality, joint venture, and collaboration. In addition, the firm’s expertise extends to IP due diligence issues, such as searches for infringement, audits to identify and protect IP assets including trade secrets, advice to avoid disputes when terminating dealers or distributors, consents and assignments for IP created by employees or contractors (work for hire), valuation of IP assets, IP risk assessments and management, and freedom-to-practice investigations.
Tilleke & Gibbins:
Tilleke & Gibbins is a leading Southeast Asian regional law firm with over 120 lawyers and consultants practicing in Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Vientiane, and Yangon.
Our firm represents the top investors and the high-growth companies that drive economic expansion in Asia in the key areas of commercial transactions and M&A, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property.
Established in 1890, we have grown into the largest independent law firm in Thailand and a leading international firm in Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam due to our client focus, regional expertise, and international vision.