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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.

05 September 2019

Trademarks and Thailand’s new medicinal cannabis sector

Under the new Thai regime for medicinal cannabis, it appears that applications for goods related to cannabis for medical purposes are proving acceptable, while those made up of words or images relating to cannabis are not.

05 February 2019

Thailand poised to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products

The Thai Ministry of Public Health’s National Tobacco Control Committee has approved a draft regulation requiring plain packaging to replace all current packaging for tobacco products. The change will make Thailand the first country in Asia to adopt plain packaging legislation.

25 September 2018

USPTO director talks trademark clutter, Uber declares itself a verb, and beware sketchy Chinese licences: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Ecuador joining TMClass, ICANN postponing its data privacy webinar, IP Australia undergoing a “technology upgrade”, and much more.

24 July 2018

“Don’t panic” – new entrants to Madrid Protocol give mixed feedback on their experience since accession

​​​​​​​Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years have shared their experience in an exclusive survey. While some praised the system, other were scathing about its impact.

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.

12 September 2017

Implementation of Nice Classification

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.

02 February 2017

DIP senior official's painting theft goes viral; fallout leads to loss of “asset to Thailand’s IP community”

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.

23 June 2016

Thailand prepares to accede to the Madrid Protocol

Recent amendments to Thailand’s Trademark Act were published in the Royal Gazette 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.

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.

08 December 2014

Important updates to IP regime implemented

Following the installation of a new government on September 15 2014, a number of important updates have been made to the country’s IP regime. Among other things, the new director general of the Department of Intellectual Property has put in place a plan to clear the backlog of trademark and patent design applications by the first quarter of 2015. Moreover, two sets of amendments to the Trademark Act are currently under review by the Cabinet.

12 September 2013

The world’s first BioEconomy Academy’s ambitious plans to brand and market GIs

Rouse has entered into a partnership with Thailand’s Biodiversity Economy Development Office and the United Nations Development Agency to launch the world’s first BioEconomy Academy. The academy will work closely with WIPO to create branding strategies for Thailand’s geographical indications, and its efforts to highlight the importance of IP could improve the domestic framework for all brands and give Thai companies a renewed focus on international markets.

15 November 2012

Draft Tobacco Consumption Control Act: plain packaging and beyond

In the wake of Australia’s legislation, it seems that Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health may also be considering introducing plain packaging. A current draft Tobacco Consumption Control Act is set to introduce more restrictions, including the government dictating the design of tobacco product packaging.