Cheepchanok Chernkwanma

IP Specialist for Southeast Asia

Cheepchanok Chernkwanma is a senior intellectual property (IP) specialist based at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. He provides policy and legal advice on IP matters relating to the 10 member economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)—Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam—and Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Mr. Cheepchanok is a seasoned IP practioner with over 15 years of experience. He began his career as a trade officer at the Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand, where he regularly provided legal advice on IP protection and developed various outreach and public awareness programs for stakeholders and public members, focusing on copyright protection. Prior to joining the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), he also served as a copyright specialist at the Korea Copyright Commission’s Bangkok office, where he supported Korean stakeholders on copyright protection in Southeast Asia.

Mr. Cheepchanok holds a bachelor’s in law and a master’s in law in international trade laws and regulations from Thammasat University, Thailand.

About the USPTO and the Office of Policy and International Affairs

Aside from the issuance of patents and registration of trademarks, the USPTO has a statutory mandate to advise the President and all federal agencies, through the Secretary of Commerce, on national and international intellectual property (IP) policy issues, including IP protection in other countries. In addition, the USPTO is authorized by statute to provide guidance, conduct programs and studies, and interact with IP offices worldwide—and with international intergovernmental organizations—on matters involving IP.

The USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs fulfills this mandate by leading negotiations on behalf of the United States at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); advising the Administration on the negotiation and implementation of the IP provisions of international trade agreements; advising the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on a full range of IP policy matters, including in the areas of patent, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets; conducting empirical research on IP; and providing educational programs on the protection, use, and enforcement of IP.