Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

Director, Myanmar
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Yuwadee Thean-ngarm is the director of Tilleke & Gibbins' office in Myanmar. After having served for a decade as an attorney-at-law and litigator in the intellectual property group within the firm’s Bangkok office, Yuwadee moved to Yangon in 2013. She advises clients on the full range of trademark, patent, and copyright issues under the existing legal framework in Myanmar. She advocates on her clients’ behalf in planning strategies for intellectual property protection in Myanmar, recording declarations of ownership before the Office of Registration of Deeds, and exploring other opportunities to help clients grow their business and protect their intellectual assets in this emerging jurisdiction. Yuwadee has also been actively involved in business development and serves as a client liaison for commercial clients.

Yuwadee is a registered patent agent and notarial services attorney in Thailand with significant experience appearing before the Trademark Registrar, the Board of Trademarks, and the Intellectual Property and International Trade Court. She is also a member of the Thai Bar Association and Lawyers Council of Thailand. She has completed the Development of Specialist in Trademark Registration course at the Thai Department of Intellectual Property, the Specialist Bar in IP #2 at the IP&IT Court, and the JPO/IPR Training Course for Advanced IP Protection Practitioners.

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in a civil action against the Department of Intellectual Property to appeal an adverse decision rendered by the Board of Trademarks on the client’s trademark application.

  • Protected the intellectual property rights of a famous drug company in regard to an osteoporosis drug product passed off by another pharmaceutical company. The Supreme Court ordered the cancellation of the infringing party’s mark.

  • Represented a highly successful Chinese manufacturing enterprise in a dispute with a Malaysian manufacturing company concerning the worldwide usage of similar trademarks pertaining to vehicles. A favorable resolution was reached through negotiation.

  • Represented a top Italian fashion brand in a civil action against the Department of Intellectual Property at the IP&IT Court to appeal the Board of Trademarks’ refusal of our client’s trademark applications. The Court withdrew the Board’s decision and accepted our client’s trademarks for registration.

  • Represented a leading British retailer in a cancellation action against a Thai company at the IP&IT Court. The Court cancelled several of the defendant’s trademark registrations and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendant from using marks similar to our client’s trademarks and trade name.

  • 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.

  • Represented a multinational pharmaceutical company in patent infringement litigation against a local generic company.  Managed a major pharmaceutical-related patent during a trial on patent infringement.

  • Cancelled two trademark registrations that had each been valid for more than 20 years.

  • Acted for a sponsor of a world-famous New Zealand rugby team in a cancellation action against a local Thai company that owned a similar trademark registration locally. The IP&IT Court and Supreme Court cancelled the Thai company’s trademark registration and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendant from using marks similar to our client’s trademark.

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April 25, 2017

ASEAN Business and Investment Law: Focus on Myanmar Legal Issues

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm, director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Myanmar operations, will be participating in a training course on “ASEAN Business and Investment Law” being held in Bangkok. Organized by the...

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March 10, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Nominations for Tax Firm of the Year in Myanmar and Thailand in Asia Tax Awards 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for the International Tax Review’s Asia Tax Awards 2017 in two categories: Myanmar National Tax Firm of the Year Thailand National Tax Firm of the Year...

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February 3, 2017

MIP Awards “Recommended” Status to Tilleke in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar

The Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar offices of Tilleke & Gibbins have earned important praise for their IP practices in the latest comprehensive research from Managing Intellectual Property. In the...

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January 23, 2017

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm Is Elected Secretary-General of the Thai Business Association of Myanmar

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

The Thai Business Association of Myanmar (TBAM) recently elected Yuwadee Thean-ngarm to join the TBAM Executive Committee as its new secretary-general. In her new role at TBAM, Yuwadee will support...

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November 25, 2016

The Asian Lawyer: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

The Asian Lawyer  has named Tilleke & Gibbins as the Intellectual Property Firm of the Year as part of its annual Emerging Markets Awards. Suebsiri Taweepon, a partner in Tilleke &...

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December 30, 2016

PLC Doing Business in … Global Guide 2017 – Myanmar Chapter

Members of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Yangon office have contributed the Myanmar chapter to Practical Law’s Doing Business in … Global Guide. In the chapter, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm, director of the firm’s...

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September 15, 2016

PLC Employment and Employee Benefits Global Guide 2016/17 – Myanmar Chapter

Nwe Oo, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

The 2016/17 edition of Employment and Employee Benefits  provides an overview of employment and employee benefits laws and issues in 32 jurisdictions around the world. The Myanmar chapter of the...

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July 20, 2016

Myanmar: Trade Restrictions Removed for Traders of Construction Materials

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm, Nwe Oo, Sher Hann Chua

On July 7, 2016, Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce issued a Notification to remove trade restrictions on local-foreign joint venture companies trading in construction materials. With the removal of...

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March 23, 2016

Intellectual Property in Thailand: Registration, Protection, Commercialization

Written for business operators who are new to the country, Intellectual Property in Thailand: Registration, Protection, Commercialization  provides a helpful introduction to IP issues under Thai...

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March 10, 2016

Myanmar – Trade Restrictions Relaxed for Agribusiness and Medical Equipment

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has moved one step closer to liberalizing its trade economy. On February 19, 2016, the Myanmar Ministry of Commerce issued Notification No. 11/2016, which lifted...

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