Intellectual Property in Thailand

Overview by
National Organizations
Thailand is part of the Convention leading to the establishment of the World of Intellectual Property Organisation (OMPI/WIPO) and is the latest signatory of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (August 2008). It has also sign the Patent Cooperation Treaty in January 2008. The country has passed a huge number of bilateral agreements on the protection of industrial property.
In order to be protected in Thailand, patents must be registered in the country itself: the Patent Act no. 2 of 1992 protects letters patents over a period of 20 years and industrial design patents over a period of 10 years. Trademarks are protected by the Trademark Act of 1991. Protection can be renewed for additional 10 years. The institution responsible for the registration and protection of industrial property is the Trade Department in the Ministry of Commerce. Information on the regulation body, the Department of Intellectual Property, can be found its website.
Regional Organizations
Thailand has signed the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Intellectual Property Cooperation.
International Membership
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
 Patent Act (No.3) B.E.2542 (1999)
20 years Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trademark Act B.E. 2534 (1991)
10 years renewable Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Patent Act B.E. 2522 (1979), as amended by Patent Act (No. 2) B.E. 2535 (1992) and Patent Act (No. 3) B.E. 2542 (1999)
10 years.  
50 years.
Industrial Models
Patent Act BE 2522
10 years.  

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