Cheepchanok Chernkwanma

IP Specialist for Southeast Asia

Cheepchanok Chernkwanma is a specialist on intellectual property (IP) at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. He provides policy and legal advisory on IP protection for ASEAN member countries.  He also monitors and reports on IP protection developments in the Southeast Asian region, coordinates collaborations with IP agencies, and assists in implementing technical assistance and capacity building programs with governments.  

Mr. Cheepchanok started his career at the Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand , where he provided consultation on protection and organized IP workshops. Prior to joining the USPTO, he worked as a copyright specialist at the Korea Copyright Commission's Bangkok office.

Mr. Cheepchanok holds an LL.B. and LL.M. in international trade laws and regulations from Thammasat University in 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.