Thailand Introduces Amended Trademark Law, Advises Trademark Specialist BSA Law

Top Quote Thai Law Firm BSA Law advises there have been amendments made to Thailand's trademark law, which came into effect on 28 July 2016. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 05, 2016 - The Thai government's Trademark Amendment Act B.E. 2559 is aimed at helping propel Thailand further toward the international standard of IP protection.

    The Act sees changes to the trademark application procedure, improved prosecution and protection. Director-general of the Department of Intellectual Property, Nantawan Sakuntanak, said the amended trademark law was now in force.

    The Act eliminates the current requirement of filing one application in one class of goods/services, meaning it will be possible to file multi-class applications.

    Another significant element of the amended law, explained Nantawan, relates to the elimination of deception in the goods market. Any person found counterfeiting materials bearing the trademark of another for the packaging of his own goods in order to misinform the public in to believing that the said goods are coming from the company whom had its trademark infringed upon, will be liable to a four year prison term or a fine not exceeding Bt400,000 or both.

    In the past, Nantawan said, there had been rampant use of registered trademark packages of brand name goods to package fake goods, in particular liquor, lubricant oils, shampoo and medicines. This practice was also considered hazardous to consumers' health.

    A new addition by the Act is the protection of sound marks. With goods and services being capable to distinction by sonic means, sound marks is seen as a natural addition to the categories of marks protected under trademark law.

    "Intellectual Property is an area of particular emphasis within BSA Law's range of corporate and commercial services. We welcome enquiries on such matters as trademark registration, copyrighting and licensing, and can advise on the newly amended trademark law", said BSA Law spokesman Apisakdi Kongkangwanchoke.

    A prominent international law firm in Thailand, BSA Law's extensive range of services also includes tax consulting, accounting and auditing, Thai labour law, Thai law in general, corporate law, contracts, property, insurance, investment, Thailand work permit and visa matters and starting a business in Thailand.

    About BSA Law:
    For over 30 years, Bamrung Suvicha Apisakdi Law Associates (BSA Law) has focused on providing reliable legal advice and services to the Thai and foreign business community in Thailand. BSA Law seeks to provide international standards of legal services while retaining the customs of the Thai business culture.

    For more information please contact:

    Jim Byrne
    Business Advisor, BSA Law.
    Email: jim ( @ ) bsalaw dot co dot th

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