Fabrice Mattei

Thailand and Myanmar Country Manager

Fabrice qualified as an attorney in 1993, having trained in Paris. He then joined the litigation department of one of the most renowned maritime law firms in London. In 1997 he arrived in Thailand to join a well established Thai litigation law firm, Mongkolnavin.

In 2000, Fabrice opened Rouse's office in Bangkok. His practice covers patent prosecution and litigation, bio-prospecting and bio-piracy, genetic resources and geographical indication in Thailand and also the rest of Asia.

In 2013, Fabrice opened Rouse's office in Myanmar. He has been heavily involved in the country for the last five years and has assisted the Ministry of Science and Technology of Myanmar in drafting their first comprehensive trade mark legislation.

He has experience of handling significant IP litigation cases before the IP Court of Thailand (“CIPITC), including (*):

(*) Rouse acted for the party(ies) the name of which is underlined

Patent cases:

  • Hoya Inc vs. Asahi Glass Corporation

  • Honda Japan Limited vs. Soi Ha Limited

  • Eli Lilly vs. Dabur

  • Eli Lilly vs. Novartis

  • Sanofi vs. Bioscience

  • Dejoyaux vs. JD Pools

Trade mark cases:

  • BMW vs Benz Auto Services

  • Manchester United, Liverpool Football Club vs. Yamaha Thailand

Copyright cases:

  • Pearson Publishing vs. Philomath

Geographical indication, genetic resources, traditional knowledge:

Fabrice represents numerous rights holders in bio-prospecting and access benefit sharing negotiation. He has recently acted for The Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand and Rice Association of Hom Mali Thung Kula Rong-Hai against the governments of Great Britain, France, Belgium, Italy and The Netherlands which opposed the registration of “Khao Hom Mali Thung Kula Rong-Hai” before the European Commission. Khao Hom Mali Thung Kula Rong-Hai was finally registered as a Protected Geographical Indication on February 11, 2013.

He is a consultant to WIPO on geographical indication and community rights and has been advising governmental agencies such as the European Patent Office and private association such as Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association (“JAMA”). He has been mandated by the French Government to attend and negotiate draft treaties on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions at the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee Consultation on genetic resources which was held on July 5-7, 2013 (“IGC 25”).

He is the co-founder of the BioEconomy Academy, a partnership between the Biodiversity Economy Development Organization of Thailand (Ministry of Natural Resources of Thailand) and Rouse Thailand. He is the co-president of the sustainable development commission of the European Association of European Patent Practitioners (www.apeb.eu).

He lectures patent laws at Doshisha and Meijo universities in Japan, Tongji University in China and Thammasat University in Thailand and regularly speaks at events organized by WIPO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and USPTO.

Fabrice is an IP researcher with Kyoto Center for Comparative Law (KCLC).

He has completed his thesis on doctrine of equivalents in European law in 1994 under the supervision of Professor Doctor Jean Foyer, University of Paris II, Pantheon Assas.


  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific Rankings 2015: Listed as a 'Leading Individual'

  • WTR 1000, 2015: Ranked Gold 
  • Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014: Listed as a 'Notable practitioner'

  • WTR 1000, 2014: Listed as a 'Leading individual'. Clients describe him as “knowledgeable and available”.

  • Managing Intellectual Property 2014: Named as an 'IP' star

  • IAM Patent 1000, 2013: Listed as a 'Leading individual'

  • WTR 1000, 2013: Listed as a 'Leading individual'

  • Legal 500, 2013: Listed as a 'Leading individual'

Professional qualifications 

  • LLM, (International Business Law and Tax), Universite Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), France 

  • Postgraduate Degree in IP and Unfair Competition Law, Universite Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), France 

  • Postgraduate Diploma in IP Law, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London 

  • Certificate in Drafting Patent Claims, South East Asian Drafting (SEAD) 2005, Singapore

Personal interests 

  • Everything my kids are ready for

  • Client Choice Awards 2014

    Fabrice has won the Client Choice Award 2014 for Intellectual Property: Patents in Thailand