Thailand Patent Registry Set to Enforce Modified Examination Regime for Greater Efficiency

Throughout 2017 so far, the government in Thailand has been signalling its intention to revamp the country’s patent system to provide a more efficient standard of service to applicants and inventors. In February, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O Cha pledged to urgently deal with a problem: around 20,000 domestic and international patent applications made to the […]

Thailand Trademark Legislation: Amends Act

Amendments to the Thailand Trademark Act will take effect on 28 July 2016. The amended Act introduces amendments to the trademark registration process, extends its protective scope and revises the applicable deadlines and fees. A summary of the amendments to the Trademark Act is described in the table below: Changes Before After Amendment on 28 […]

ASEAN – Comparison of Design Practices

Design laws vary by country. Some countries classify designs as patents and some have separate “registered design” or “industrial design” systems. In some countries, designs of products must be whole products in order to be registrable and not parts of products. Some countries allow protection of only part or parts of the product but the […]

Cancelling Bad Faith Registrations in Thailand

Ever so often, a trademark owner finds itself unpleasantly surprised when it discovers that its mark has been registered by unauthorized parties. Under Section 67 of the Trade Marks Act, a trademark owner may petition the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (CIPITC) to have the unauthorized registration cancelled within five years from the […]

Thailand – Overcoming Trade Mark Refusals

Office Actions are issued by the Thai Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) on grounds of non-distinctiveness or identical/similar character to a well-known and/or registered mark. However, the procedure for evaluating the response is different from other jurisdictions, making Thailand a difficult territory for IP protection. For a non-distinctiveness objection, the trade mark owner will be […]