Fabrice Mattei
Thailand and Myanmar Country Manager

Fabrice is Country Manager for Thailand and Myanmar.

Fabrice qualified as an attorney in 1993, having trained in Paris with French based international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. He then joined the litigation department of one of the most renowned maritime law firms in London: Middleton Potts. In 1997 he moved to Thailand to join the long established and highly reputed litigation law firm of Thai law Professor Dr. Ukit Mongkolnavin. In 2000, Fabrice opened Rouse's office in Bangkok. His practice covers primarily patent prosecution and litigation in various fields including material science, mechanical engineering, green tech and genetic resources.  In 2013, Fabrice opened Rouse's office in Myanmar. He has been heavily involved in the country for the last years and has assisted the Ministry of Science and Technology of Myanmar in drafting their first comprehensive IP legislations.

He has experience of handling high profile litigation cases before the IP Court of Thailand (“CIPITC) and Supreme Court ("SC"), such as:

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
  • Macropharm vs. Pfizer

Trade mark cases:

  • Cargill Incorporated vs. Thai Union Feed Mill Co., Ltd (SC no 2040/2552)
  • Marriot Worldwide Corporation vs. DIP (SC no. 3759/2554)
  • The New Era Cap Co., Inc vs. DIP 
  • Manchester United, Liverpool Football Club vs. Yamaha Thailand 

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

Genetic resources, bio-prospecting, traditional knowledge, geographical indications:

Fabrice represents numerous right holders in genetic resources, bio-prospecting and access benefit sharing negotiation. He represents The Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand on the protection of Thailand genetic resources including rice, fruit and other vegetable varieties. He acted for the Thai Rice Association "Hom Mali Thung Kula Rong-Hai" (Jasmine Rice) 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 making the first South East Asian protected geographical indication in the European Union. Fabrice also represents various geographical indications such as Kampot Pepper (Cambodia) Kampong Speu Palm Sugar (Cambodia) Champagne (France) Cognac (France) Napa Valley (USA) café de Columbia (Columbia) etc.

He is a consultant to WIPO on genetic resources and strategies for enhancing local innovation and branding in South-East Asia. Several WIPO papers have summarized Fabrice's work such as

http://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2012/05/article_0002.html

He is also advising governmental agencies such as the European Patent Office and private association such as Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association (“JAMA”) on patent matters in ASEAN countries. He has been mandated by the EU Commission 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”).

On December 2015, Fabrice participated to the Conference Of the Parties on Climate Changes ("COP 21") which resulted in the adoption of the historical agreement on climate change mitigation the Paris Agreement. Fabrice's article on the COP 21 is available from www.pctthailand.com

Fabrice 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-chairman of the biodiversity law Commission of the Association of European Patent Attorneys (www.apeb.eu).

Fabrice is an IP researcher with Kyoto Center for Comparative Law (KCLC) and consultant with the FAO of the United Nations on IP matters.

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.

He has completed his thesis on patent equivalents in European law in 1994 under the supervision of Professor Doctor Jean Foyer, University of Paris II, Pantheon Assas. Fabrice's written contribution on employees' invention benefits was published by the Institut de France and Fondation Internationale de la Maison de la Chimie "L'eveil de l'Asie a la propriete industrielle" Edition Tec & Co, Paris 2006.

Fabrice has written over 40 articles on intellectual property primarily on patent, his most recent publications are available at www.rouse.com/magazine and www.pctthailand.com

Professional qualifications 

 Pierre & Marie Curie, Universite Paris Sorbonne - distance Learning program L2 Sciences du vivant / Life sciences, 2011

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

  • Postgraduate Diploma in IP Law, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, 1994

  • French military service (57th Infantry Regiment), 1993

  • Postgraduate Degree in IP and Unfair Competition Law, Universite Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), France, 1992

  • LLM, (International Business Law and Tax), Universite Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), France, 1991

  • DEUG & License, Universite of Bordeaux I, France, 1990

  • Baccalaureate in financial math and science, Saint Vincent of Paul Catholic School, 1987

Accolades

  • IAM Patent, 2016: Recommended Individual
  • Managing Intellectual Property 2016: Listed as an IP star for patents and trade marks
  • WTR 1000, 2016: Ranked Gold for Enforcement and Litigation
  • WIPR Leader 2016 for patents in Thailand
  • Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016: Listed as a 'Notable practitioner'
  • Managing Intellectual Property, 2015: Listed as 'IP' star
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2015: Listed as Recommended Individual
  • Chambers Global, 2015: Listed as 'Notable Practitioner'

Personal interests 

  • Everything my kids are ready for as long as my wife does not disapprove it!