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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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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