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Lecture - Challenges For IP Protection In Thailand: Is A Specialized IP Jurisdiction Needed?

When: Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 15:30 to 17:30
Venue: SMU School of Law Seminar Room 2.16, Level 2, 55 Armenian Street, Singapore 179943


In this lecture, Dr. Sutatip Yuthayotin will discuss the challenges of intellectual property (IP) protection in Thailand, with particular emphasis on today’s innovation economy, the ubiquitous use of internet, and a rapidly increasing number of IP disputes involving complicated issues. In particular, Dr. Yuthayotin will focus on one mechanism that Thailand uses to deal with those issues: an effective, independent and reliable process through the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (the Court), a specialized IP court with national jurisdiction over all IP cases. She will explore the Court, its organization, structure, legal proceedings, legal doctrines and related regulations. More importantly, she will discuss experiences of the Court since its inception in 2007 with the aim of ensuring that complex IP disputes will be properly and effectively handled by competent judges in an independent and coherent manner. Dr. Yuthayotin will also exam how does the Court strive to minimize the miscarriage of justice in IP cases, while maintaining the Court’s proceedings at international standards.  Finally, the speaker, who is herself a judge sitting in the Court, will draw valuable conclusions from Thailand’s experiences on whether a specialized court is necessary for the adjudication of IP disputes, which always involve sophisticated issues of technology and business models, and as well as reflect on the future development of the Court.



Sutatip Yuthayotin is Head of a Judges Panel at a National Court of Thailand (Udonthani Provincial Court). Before her current position, she was a Judge and Secretary of the Central Intellectual Property and International Court of Thailand from 2014 to 2017. She is also an adjunct professor in various universities in Thailand and abroad including Kyushu University, Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University, among others. With her expertise in IP laws and IP case law management, she has often been invited as guest speaker in many international IP legal forums including the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2016 organized by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, the 5th Asia Pacific IP Forum organized by Hokkaido University, ALA ASEAN Conference 2017 organized by the ASEAN Law Associations. She has published many articles and books. One of her outstanding works is the book “Access to Justice in Transactional B2C E-Commerce: A Multidimensional Analysis of Consumer Protection Mechanisms” published by Springer in 2014. 



Irene Calboli is Lee Kong Chian Fellow, Visiting Professor, and Deputy Director of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia, School of Law, Singapore Management University. She is also Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law, and Fellow at the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum at Stanford Law School. Her recent scholarship focuses on IP laws in ASEAN with a specific interest on trademarks, geographical indications, and cultural assets. She is, inter alia, an elected member of the American Law Institute and an associate member of the Singapore Academy of Law. She serves in several leadership roles, including as member of the Council of the International Law Association (Singapore Branch), Chair-Elect of the Art Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and member of the Legislation and Regulation Committee of the International Trademark Association.



Mark Findlay is a Professor in the Law School, Singapore Management University.  He has held chairs in Sydney, Leeds, Nottingham, the South Pacific, and Hong Kong. His current areas of research are law and regulation, and international and comparative criminal justice. In a research career that has seen the publication of 26 monographs and over 150 journal articles and book chapters, Mark has advised UN agencies and international organisations on a variety of legal and developmental issues. His work on crime and globalization, international and comparative criminal justice, and regulating global crises is internationally recognised.



3.00pm - Registration

3.30pm – Lecture by Dr. Sutatip Yuthayotin 

4.45pm – Comments by Professor Irene Calboli 

5.00pm -  Q & A

5.30pm - End of Event

Public CPD Points - 1.5 points

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Last updated on 16 May 2018 .