IP Considerations in Cross-Border Trade

IP Considerations in Cross-Border Trade

Venue : Online

Event Start Date : Thursday 25 August 2022

Event End Date : Thursday 25 August 2022

Event Start Time : 11:00 am

Event End Time : 12:15 pm

Registration Start Date : Thursday 04 August 2022

Registration End Date : Thursday 25 August 2022


Date: Thursday, 25 August 2022, 

Time: 11:00am - 12:15pm 



Despite the impact of COVID since 2019, cross-border trade and investment, while experiencing occasional setbacks, continue to thrive. As brand owners, distributors and franchisors, what do companies involved in cross-border trade need to take note of?

Join us for some practical insights and strategies from Meritas's IP lawyers from Thailand, China, Japan and Singapore. 







Kowit Somwaiya is the Founder and Managing Partner of LawPlus Ltd.  He founded LawPlus in 2003.  He studied law at Thammasat University in Thailand and the University of Illinois and Harvard Law School in the USA.  He is admitted to practice law in Thailand. He is a registered patent agent of Thailand.  Kowit has been in the IP law practice since 1982.  His IP expertise consists of advising and representing MNCs on IP prosecution, utilization and enforcements in Thailand and abroad.  He has been recognized and ranked as a leader locally and internationally.  He used to serve as chair and co-chairs of several committees and subcommittees of the INTA and the APAA in the past 18 years.  He was the Vice President of the IPAT (Intellectual Property Association of Thailand) from 2017-2019.  Currently, he is serving as a member of the Data Protection Committee and the Nominating Committee of the INTA.



Wency has over 12 years of experience on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, with particular emphasis on trademark, copyright, domain name, design, trade dress and unfair competition matters. She earned an LLM degree in IP law from Stanford Law School, a JD degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a B.A. degree from Peking University. She is qualified in China and New York. She worked at top tier IP teams for 10 years before joining Anjie & Broad. She is a committee member of INTA and ICC China IP commission. Wency is ranked in WTR 1000 as a leading trademark professional in China in 2020, and received China Japan Trademark Contribution Award from China Trademark Association and Japan Patent Attorneys Association in 2022. She is also shortlisted for Managing IP - Women in Business Law Awards APAC 2022 – Trademark Lawyer of the Year.



Makoto is a partner with Kojima Law Offices, having practiced law since 1999. He advises on various international transactions, including IP license agreements and distribution agreements. Makoto heads the firm’s IP practice group,  and is a member of the Copyright Law Association of Japan. He received law degrees from the University of Tokyo (LL.B.) and the University of California, Davis School of Law (LL.M.). Makoto is admitted to practice law in Japan and California.


Daniel Lim has been listed as a leading lawyer consistently through the years in a diverse range of publications such as Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, Practical Law Company's "Which Lawyer?" Who's Who Legal and Global Counsel 3000.

In particular, Chambers Asia-Pacific has noted that "Daniel Lim … has a well established reputation in technology-related IP. Clients describe him as an extremely professional lawyer who "speaks well, knows the pros and cons, and always has the best solution at hand"; and is "an excellent patent litigation lawyer" according to interviewees". The Asia-Pacific Legal 500 has described him as "the 'smart and hardworking' Daniel Lim"

Daniel is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore since 1996 and a registered Patent Agent. He is a member of the Examination Committee for the Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examination. He also served as a Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

Daniel is a contributing author to the books "Law Relating to Specific Contracts In Singapore" (Thomson Sweet & Maxwell); "Intellectual Property" (Lexis-Nexis Butterworth's); "International Franchising" (Kluwer Law International); and "Employment Law Review" (Law Business Research Ltd).

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