South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Design Rights Protection in Thailand

Following on from our last IPR Basics post, today we’d like to talk about protection for design rights in Thailand.

Design rights, otherwise referred to as ‘design patents’ protect the distinctive shape, pattern, or colour (or combination of these elements) of a given product. Protection does not usually last as long as for true ‘invention’ or ‘utility model’ patents, however the protection given can still represent a significant commercial advantage to rights holders.

In this article, we look at the core protection available for rights holders, as well as registration procedures and enforcement options in South-East Asia’s second largest economy.


As always, if you like this article and have more questions regarding design rights or any other IPRs in Thailand, or South-East Asia generally, feel free to take a look at the materials on our website, or get in touch with an expert today!

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Espresso IP 6: Copyright in Vietnam

espressoIP-01Pen touches paper, and a copyright is born! Copyright is the right to profit from and protect any creative works you create. Copyright protection is conferred automatically upon creation of a work but does not deter all infringers.

In this podcast, hosts Alexander Bayntun-Lees and Samuel Sabasteanski discuss the intellectual property laws governing copyright in Vietnam. As always, for more information on protecting your IP, send our South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk experts a message.

Espresso IP 006 – Copyright in Vietnam (Length – 7:34)

South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Patent Law in Thailand

Mech Eng 2Patents grant rights holders exclusive rights to exploit an invention or process and prevent others from benefiting from this novel idea for a limited period of time (usually around 20 years).

Thailand has a comprehensive framework of legal protection for patents, which are split into two categories; invention patents, and utility model patents. This article explores the laws in place in Thailand protecting these rights, as well as the procedures required for registration, and the options available to rights holders in the event of infringement on Thai soil.

If you’d like even more information on how to protect and enforce your patents in Thailand, read our guides, or get in touch with our Helpdesk experts for free, in-depth advice, tailored to your needs.

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South-East Asia IPR Basics Series: Geographical Indications in Thailand

shutterstock_96318524Today we’ll be looking into the protection of Geographical Indications (GIs) in Thailand.

GIs are names or signs which identify goods as having a specific geographical origin, with the implication that they possess the qualities, reputation, or characteristics for which such products from that region are well known.

Thailand has pioneered GI protection in South-East Asia, and boasts one of the most developed GI protection frameworks in the region. This article explores this framework, as well as touching on how SMEs can ensure their region’s GI is registered in Thailand and protect their rights when necessary.

As always, if you have any further questions, feel free to peruse the wealth of information available on our website, or get in touch with one of our experts for free, tailored advice.

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Basics of manufacturing non-disclosure agreements in China

MP900438585Benjamin Franklin once quipped that, “Three [men] can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Fortunately for SMEs, more sophisticated methods for protecting trade secrets are now available; however, the importance of closely guarding valuable information remains.

SMEs seeking manufacturers in China can use non-disclosure agreements to meet those secrecy protection needs. In this article, the Helpdesk’s Samuel Sabasteanski talks about some fundamental considerations when preparing such agreements and signing them with Chinese manufacturers. As always, for more information, send us an email or drop us a line and hear back from our experts within three days.

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