Revised guidelines for Thai patent officers examining chemical and pharmaceutical patents.
PhD, Mahidol University
BSc, Chulalongkorn University
Dr. Atthachai Homhuan is a manager, regulatory affairs, at Tilleke & Gibbins. Atthachai assists chemical, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies to draft and review their patent claims and specifications. He advises patent agents on amending claims and providing responses to office actions. Atthachai frequently drafts counterstatements against opposing parties in trademark and patent applications. His practice also includes advising on pre-litigation and litigation matters involving the life sciences, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. He has presented before the IP&IT Court as a witness in chemistry and life sciences patent litigation.
In addition to patent work, Atthachai prepares healthcare product dossiers for registration and he helps international companies develop market entry strategies for countries in Southeast Asia. His broad experience allows him to evaluate the feasibility of product registrations, conduct plant audits, and coordinate pre-clinical and clinical trials in accordance with international guidelines and standards. Atthachai also reviews healthcare product labeling for food, cosmetics, medical devices, and drug products in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.
Prior to joining the firm, Atthachai was a postdoctoral researcher in Japan and Taiwan, focusing on stem cell therapies and vaccine development. He applied his technical expertise to the industry when he became a project manager for a Thai vaccine manufacturing company, where he led the firm’s R&D efforts. His industry background also includes serving as a formulation manager at the subsidiary of a well-known American pharmaceutical innovator, where he was a group leader in charge of the company’s R&D and production functions.
Atthachai holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from Thailand’s Mahidol University, and he frequently lectures on pharmaceutical and chemical patents at universities across Thailand. He has completed the South East Asian Drafting Training Couse, enabling him to prepare patent applications and claims.