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The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.
07 June 2018
As part of our deep dive into franchising in Asia and South America, we turn our attention to enforcement and termination rules in Thailand.
22 March 2018
The Supreme Court has overturned the refusal to register a 'white bird' device mark due to its similarity with an earlier registered 'black bird' mark, finding that there had been honest concurrent use of the marks.
06 March 2018
In the first of a two-part series, we outline the legislative framework for franchising in nine jurisdictions across Asia and South America.
01 March 2018
The new Thailand Customs Act, which was published in the <i>Government Gazette</i>, will come into force on November 13 2017. The act will replace the current Customs Act BE 2469 (1926) and its subsequent amendments.
18 October 2017
From November 7 2017 it will be possible to file a trademark via the Madrid system or through a national application directly with the Department of Intellectual Property. The existing system is complicated, regimented and inconsistent; however, time will tell whether the Madrid system will make registration any easier.
20 September 2017
The 11th edition of the Nice Classification has been adopted by the Department of Intellectual Property into guidelines on the classification of goods and services. Following the 2016 amendment to the Thai Trademark Act, the Ministry of Commerce and the Department of Intellectual Property issued three notifications which resulted in changes to trademark registration practice.
12 September 2017
In the second of a two-part series, we profile markets which were omitted from the Office of the US Trade Representative’s Notorious Markets List, but which brand owners should have on their radars. This issue, we turn our attention to Asia and Africa
01 July 2017
Reports of the arrest of a senior official from Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) for stealing paintings from a hotel went viral last week, with thousands of messages posted to the office’s social media channels. The official has since resigned from his role and apologised for damaging the integrity of the DIP. But one leading IP law firm tells us of its regret that the fallout from the incident has resulted in the office losing a well-respected figure.
02 February 2017
Recent amendments to Thailand’s Trademark Act were published in the <i>Royal Gazette</i> on April 29 2016. Among the amendments is a new chapter on trademark registration which introduces a number of changes that will prepare the way for Thailand to accede to the Madrid Protocol in 2016.
23 June 2016
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