Courts around the world have been moving to e-filing and, more recently, with the COVID-19 pandemic to e-hearings.
Thailand faces some exciting challenges in the field of Intellectual Property over the next few years.
- Thailand, in comparison to its neighbours, is well advanced in technological IP expertise. With its involvement in the WTO and increased police enforcement activity in IP matters, IP holders are seeing positive and promising results.
- As well as providing the full range of IP services in Thailand, it also provides a comprehensive range of IPR services throughout the ASEAN region. Our Bangkok office also covers Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
We are experts in all aspects of what can be a complex registration process in Thailand. Registered trade mark rights are acquired on the basis of a ‘first to file’ principle, subject to some limited priority rights being accorded to honest concurrent users and owners of well-known marks.
We experience working with the Trade Mark Examiners at the Department of Intellectual Property, and routinely advise large and small businesses, from a wide variety of industries, on the maximisation of their current trade mark portfolios and the selection of new marks. We also have successfully handled several ground-breaking cases in the CIPITC (and on appeal to the Supreme Court) in relation to copyright and trade mark infringement and passing-off.
Patents in Thailand cover inventions and designs. Our Patents team have technical backgrounds in various areas such as biotechnology, chemistry, and mechanical engineering with expertise in patent law and business acumen.
We help our clients remain competitive in the regional and global marketplace. Our patent attorneys advise clients on the most effective methods for protecting their technology and assist them in patent portfolio strategy and management, patent drafting and prosecution. Our team also assists with all aspects of commercialisation and enforcement. In addition, we regularly lecture at Chulalongkorn and Thammasat Universities in Bangkok and work with other institutions to promote patents in Thailand.
Recognising the practical value that can be derived from design prote ction, our team specialises in the preparation, filing and prosecution of design applications and the commercialisation and enforcement of designs in Thailand. Team members work closely with creators and designers to accurately capture and creatively protect their new designs.
As is the case in most countries, in Thailand copyright arises automatically on creation of an original work in material form. Recordal of the work with the Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand is, however, available. This can be valuable as it can be relied on as evidence of copyright ownership in product counterfeiting cases.
We have been involved in lobbying the Department of Intellectual Property and other governmental enforcement agencies in relation to the enforcement of copyright in Thailand.