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14 November 2019

Seven counterfeit hotspots in Thailand that brand owners need to know about

In the next edition of our series on physical marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Thailand.

04 November 2019

KIPO’s crackdown on Korean copycats and what it means for foreign brands

A Korean government crackdown on alleged copycat brands has seen two businesses have offices shut down, and product seizures in shops operating overseas. WTR consulted Korean practitioners to ascertain how foreign brands need to adapt to stay safe of the campaign.

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Thailand

Customs plays a pivotal role in intercepting incoming shipments of counterfeit and pirated goods en route to the Thai market. A special feature of the Customs Act BE 2560 (2017) gives customs officials the authority to intervene ex officio to detain and seize suspicious counterfeit and pirated goods. 

07 June 2018

New EUIPO report charts increasing sophistication and diversification of counterfeiters

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.

18 October 2017

New Thailand Customs Act

The new Thailand Customs Act, which was published in the Government Gazette, will come into force on November 13 2017. The act will replace the current Customs Act BE 2469 (1926) and its subsequent amendments.

01 July 2017

Notorious markets: where to police

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

22 February 2016

Brand owner group behind ill-fated Thai border raid: “Enforcement work is dangerous, especially if you do it properly”

Earlier this month, a dawn raid on a notorious counterfeit market sparked a riot that left 12 Thai law enforcement agents injured. The raid was masterminded by a low-profile consortium of high-profile trademark owners; its chairman tells World Trademark Review that the violent reaction proves it is doing real damage to counterfeiters’ businesses.

25 June 2015

New Customs software program launched

The Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Centre has recently developed a software program that brand owners can use to record their marks for monitoring. The database will provide the most up-to-date contact details for trademark owners or their representatives, as well as information about the trademarks registered with the Department of Intellectual Property.

30 July 2009

Fight against counterfeiting to be strengthened under proposed amendments

As part of the country's fight against counterfeiting, Thailand's Department of Intellectual Property has proposed amendments to the copyright and trademark laws which, if adopted, will broaden the scope of punishable offences under the law. However, the ambiguous wording of the amendments has raised some concerns.

24 March 2009

Fighting the fakes in Thailand

The king of Thailand may have received a special IP prize from WIPO, but brand owners in the country are severely critical of the country's 'temporary' anti-counterfeiting plans. WTR spoke to brand owners and practitioners on the ground to hear what should be done.

09 June 2006

Draft memorandum has goal of curbing sale of counterfeit goods

The Thai Ministry of Commerce has drafted a new Memorandum of Understanding on the Cooperation in Suppression of Sales of Infringing Products. The memorandum supplements an earlier version and seeks to coordinate the efforts of the private sector, policy agencies and law enforcement bodies to counter sales of counterfeit and pirate goods in otherwise legitimate shopping centres.

07 September 2005

Levi Strauss sews up design and trademark infringement cases

Thai courts have shown their commitment to the protection of designs by charging two jeans manufacturers with design patents infringement - a rare occurrence - and trademark infringement in two separate cases. The local manufacturers had imitated pattern and stitching designs in which Levi Strauss & Co has rights.

28 April 2004

Online counterfeiters halted in Thailand

Thailand, like many other countries, has experienced an increase in the number of online vendors of unauthorized goods within its territory. However, a series of successful raids against a sophisticated counterfeiting operation has demonstrated that the machinery and willingness to trace and prosecute online IP infringers exists in Thailand.

29 September 2003

New border control initiatives implemented in Thailand

A new division within the Royal Thai Customs has been created. It is hoped that the new body, known as the Investigation and Suppression of Intellectual Property Violations Division, will further help to stem the trade in counterfeit goods. The creation of this new division is part of a move to improve border and customs controls in Thailand.

11 July 2003

Thai IP court gets tough on infringers

Two decisions issued by the Thai Intellectual Property and International Trade Court seem to signal a new regime of harsher punishment for convicted counterfeiters. The court has been the target of criticism, particularly from foreign commentators, suggesting that the sentences imposed on offenders have been too lenient and have done little to curb counterfeiting in Thailand.