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In line with the progression of all things digital, Thailand has announced plans to set up an IoT Institute and big data analytics centre.


The plan will support the development of a digital economy and attract investors by providing an environment for domestic and foreign digital professionals to collaborate.


Lawyers say the conceptualisation of digital as a niche component of organisational structures and strategies will change in line with digital growth. Given advances in mobile web technology, brands are expected to re-evaluate their mobile web strategies and adopt app-first strategies to connect with consumers.


Other developments include contention over media independence after a bill to regulate media was approved by a reform panel. Thai media organisations united in their call on the government to abandon legislative plans to tighten control of news reporting.

In a joint statement, media organisations commented: ‘The bill is essentially designed to facilitate political interference in the media and restrict press freedom.’


The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) also commented on the bill, stating: ‘(The club) stands by its colleagues in Thailand’s domestic media as they struggle to maintain professional standards and editorial independence in particularly challenging times.’


Separately, the international Press Institute reported an increase in the number of defamation cases in the second half of 2017, amid media regulation proposals.

THAILAND

TIER 1

The Baker McKenzie team acts for clients across the copyright spectrum. Television production companies, online service providers and fashion houses form the firm’s diverse client base. Managed by co-head Say Sujintaya, the practice group advises on the licensing of intellectual property, distributorship arrangements and legal aspects of franchising.


Tilleke & Gibbins works with clients from the film, television and radio segments on intellectual property-related matters. Led by Piyanuj Ratprasatporn and Jeffrey J. Blatt, the team provides ongoing assistance to Google and has assisted Tata Communications on net neutrality and zero rating.


TIER 2

Hunton & Williams maintains leadership in the local legal market with dynamic media sector coverage that includes entertainment and sports. Bangkok-based lawyers work on transactions, negotiations and dispute resolution on behalf of clients around the world. Key practitioner Chinawat Assavapokee works closely with the team on e-commerce and telecommunications matters.  


LawPlus represents clients from the film and music industries, providing specialist advice on a range of copyright matters. The IP and IT department is managed by Prasantaya Bantadtan and Kowit Somwaiya who work with the wider team providing local and cross-border advice.


Present since 1990, Siam Premier International has established a leading position with separate departments for media, telecommunications and intellectual property. Daniel Q. Greif is the firm’s key practitioner advising on areas of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and technology law.


TIER 3

International Legal Counsellors Thailand (ILCT) represents producers, presenters and actors. With a division dedicated to entertainment, the firm’s lawyers have extensive experience drafting motion picture contracts, including artist, modelling and presenter service contracts. The team also provides sector-related tax planning assistance.


With a digital media focus, the Rajah & Tann team has extensive experience advising on content license and distribution agreements. Rajesh Sreenivasan manages the TMT department, leading the team in its work with media regulators on behalf of its clients. The team is also recognised for its knowledge of data protection compliance.    


Formerly the Bangkok office of White & Case, Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor

has become one of the largest independent law firms since its establishment in 2009. The practice specialises in intellectual property and works a range of cross-border cases handled by Sakchai Limsiripothong and the wider team.


TIER 1

Baker McKenzie

Tilleke & Gibbins


TIER 2

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet

Allen & Overy

Hunton & Williams

LawPlus

Siam Premier International


TIER 3

International Legal Counsellors Thailand (ILCT)   

Linklaters

Rajah & Tann

Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor


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