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Tanapote Ekkayokkaya PhD in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law2001

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I must say that the degree I obtained from the University of Southampton has contributed significantly to my success today. This academic achievement is of course thanks to my supervisor, Professor Steve Saxby. It has been more than 10 years since I graduated but the memories of my life at the University and experiences as a sub-warden of the Glen Eyre hall of residence and as the first President of the Thai student society there are still fresh in my mind.

During my career I have held several positions within the Royal Thai Government, most recently in charge of IP working groups in APEC and ASEAN, IP cooperation between Thailand and China and solving IP infringement problems abroad. I am now serving in the Thai Embassy in Belgium as a Minister Counsellor (Commercial) in charge of trade matters between Thailand and the EU, with the focus on IP, services, government procurement, CSR, investment, and FTA between Thailand and the EU.

In addition to my full time job with the government, during 2001-2004, I was an honorary advisor to the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Consumer Protection. My task was to give legal opinions on various consumer-related issues, including IP and telecommunication related matters. I was also appointed as a member of various House of Representatives’ ad-hoc committees considering the bills presented to the House.

I have taught IP law, International Private Law and IP management courses at various universities in Thailand. I have written a book on Thai Geographical Indication Law and a chapter on Thai Layout Design of Integrated Circuit Law as well as an article on Thai Trade Secret law.

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