Today’s South-East Asia IPR Basics post covers trade mark law in Thailand
Trade marks are essential for brands relying on the reputation and goodwill they have built with their clients and customers and should be afforded comprehensive protection, ideally before market entry. This article provides SMEs with a background to Thai trade mark law, as well as the registration and enforcement procedures available in the country.
As always, if you’d like more information on how to protect and enforce your trade marks in Thailand, check out our in depthIPR factsheet, or get in touch with our Helpdesk experts for free, in-depth advice!
Today we have a guest article, kindly written for the Helpdesk by expert counterfeit investigator and old China hand Nick Bartman.
Nick has over 25 years of experience personally investigating and putting a stop to counterfeiting activities, 20 of which he has spent working in China for some of the biggest brands and household names. Over the last 6 years he has worked almost exclusively to expose wine counterfeiters and spread the word throughout the wine industry and has developed an extensive knowledge of the strategies and methodologies used by wine counterfeiters in China today.
Patents protect what’s inside a device. Trade marks protect your logos and symbols. But what protects the shape of the device itself? That would be industrial designs, the IP responsible for the distinctive shapes and designs of iPods, Beats headphones, and Hummers.
In this podcast, hosts Alexander Bayntun-Lees and Samuel Sabasteanski discuss the intellectual property laws governing industrial designs in the Philippines, including applications, examinations, and protection. As always, for more information on protecting your IP, send our South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk experts a message.
In our previous article we discussed wine’s history as a product heavily reliant on geography, soil quality, and climate, or terroir for its unique characteristics, the resultant importance of regional classifications, and the legal protection available for producers based in distinctive wine regions. In this article we’ll be looking at how certain regulatory bodies and wine associations can, and in some cases already do, help producers to protect the reputations of their brands. Finally we’ll look at how the wine industry can come together to tackle the counterfeiting industry which continues to damage the sales and reputation of this much loved beverage.
As always, if you have any questions, get in touch with our experts here.
Next up in our South-East Asia IPR Basics series is Thailand, the second largest economy in South-East Asia after Indonesia, and one of the core ‘anchor’ economies.
This article provides a quick background to Thai-EU relations for SMEs and covers all the core aspects of copyright law in the country. Be sure to check back in the coming weeks as well when we’ll be discussing Trade Marks, GIs, Patents, Design Rights, and Customs Controls in the region.
If we’ve peaked your interest, and you think business in Thailand might be for you, make sure to check out our in depth IPR Factsheet for Thailand, or get in touch with one of our experts!