The EABC Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Sector Committee provides a cross-sectoral, business-driven platform for interactive discussion and formulation of consolidated positions on key IP issues facing inventors, manufacturers, importers and enterprises in Thailand. The IPR Working Group works in close coordination with other EABC Working Groups, particularly the Working Groups on Healthcare & Pharmaceutical and Food & Beverages.
Aiming towards strengthening of the legal framework and law enforcement to protect intellectual property rights in Thailand, key issues under discussion of the IPR Working Group include:
- Legislative and regulatory reform aimed at combating counterfeiting and piracy
- Strengthening IP enforcement
- Enhancing the IP system towards sustainability
- Ensuring new and proposed regulations by the different government agencies do not impede on intellectual properties
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Franck Fougere is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ananda Intellectual Property of one Thailand’s top 5 intellectual Property practice. Franck has been practicing intellectual Property in Asia for over 18 years and his practice areas include trademark and patent prosecution, trademark strategy, copyright and patent litigation, anti-counterfeit strategy, and IP contracts. In addition to servicing several high-profile, multinational corporations from Europe, China, Japan, the USA, India, UAE and Southeast Asia, Franck is also a frequent speaker on cutting-edge IP issues at professional symposiums and conferences. A recognized expert, Franck is a regular lecturer in patent, trademark, and design law for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and a teacher of WIPO’s Distance Learning program. He is an advisor to the European Union (ECAP & EU/ASEAN IPR Helpdesk), to the Swiss Government (ISIP I and ISIP II), and to the French government on IP issues. Franck has authored numerous expert studies and articles, including two IP guides for Thailand published in 2011 and 2013. Franck is also a former President of the Franco Thai Chamber of Commerce (2009-2011), and an active member of APAA Emerging IP Rights Committee. In 2013, Franck Fougere received the ILO Client Choice award for best patent practitioner in Thailand. Legal 500 and Asia Law has recognized him as a Leading Lawyer since 2004. In 2015, Franck was appointed as Foreign Trade Advisor (Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France) by the French government. In 2019, Ananda Intellectual Property received the Asian Award of Benchmark Litigation for the Impact Case of the year (patent litigation).