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Thea is the founder and principal of Abacus IP, a full-service intellectual property agency in the Kingdom of Cambodia. His practice involves the registration and maintenance of hundreds of trademarks, patents, industrial designs and other forms of IP on behalf of innovators and businesses from around the globe. Before founding Abacus IP, Thea lead the IP prosecution practice at a leading Cambodia law firm for almost 7 years.

A seasoned IP professional, Thea is licensed by the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce's Department of Intellectual Property and certified by the World Intellectual Property Organization. He is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), a member of the Intellectual Property Association of Cambodia (IPAC), and also a Cambodian council member for the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA).

Thea is a graduate of the faculty of law of Pannasastra University of Cambodia. In addition, he holds a Certification in Intellectual Property Specialization from the World Intellectual Property Organization and the University of South Africa.