Intellectual Property Service in Bangkok, Thailand
What is Intellectual property and Intellectual property rights?Intellectual property is referred as a conception of the mind which comprises of literary and artistic works, designs and symbols, creations, name and images used in business. Intellectual property (IP) are recognized by law, ownership, protection and rights of usage of intellectual property by of copyright, Patents, trademark, service mark, trade secrets, domain name and geographical indication to its owner or creators.
Without intellectual property protection there is always high risk of being stolen, the investment in research and development, product, marketing and process of doing thing efficiently and effectively. Intellectual property rights empower businesses to have inimitability over the innovations, creative designs and brands. The exclusivity helps in great deal to establish and maintain right balance between the interest of innovators and consumer, thus embracing the environment of creativity innovation and healthy competitiveness to flourish.
In Thailand, local and international normally seeks the intellectual property protection through
- Patent: Patent rights is set of exclusive rights granted by state to an inventor for protection of an innovation for limited period of time in exchange of its public disclosure. Patent rights gives monopoly for its owner over a period of time, thus, provides competitive advantage and obtain return on investment. Three type of Patent registration is granted in Thailand namely, Patent for invention, petty Patent and Design Patent.
In order to protect the invention and get patent rights and invention must satisfy following conditions
- The invention should be new
- It should be capable of industrial applications
- It should involve inventive steps (for invention patent)
Copyright: Copyright is an intellectual property rights that grants ownership eights to creator of original works of physical expression of ideas. These ideas can be expressed as literary works, audio-visual works, software, sculptures, pictures, work of architecture, work of applied art and so on.
Copyright gives it owner numerous exclusive rights to control the commercial use of his or her work. Among several benefits few distinguished are:
- Reproduce a work in copies (e.g. printing of a book, reproduction of a movie in DVD etc.)
- Distribute copies of work to the public
- Rent copies of work
- Translate or adapt works without authorization
- Hold public performances and communicate a work to public.
Trademark or Service markA mark is a sign or a combination of signs that differentiates and recognizes an enterprise’s goods or service from its competitors. The mark may be words, letters, numerals, images, shapes, colors or combination of various elements. Marks which are used in connection to goods are trade mark and marks which are used in connection with services are referred is service mark. However, generally Trademark is used to denote both category of mark.
Since branding is regarded as highly valued assets to any company, trademarks are one of the first assets bran the owner or company should safe guard or protect.
Trademark registration application can be applied with department of Intellectual property (DIP) in Thailand. The application must include specific information about product or service it related to.
Thailand trade mark categorization follow international classification of product and service also known as NICE Classification. There are 45 different classes of the product and service which you can access here.
For application of trademark we would require following documents / information from you
- Logo of trademark in the exact color
- Company affidavit of the applicant
- Signed passport copy of authorized director
- Power of attorney
The application should be filed with department of Intellectual Property. It takes approximately 6-9 months to get the application approved. During this time DIP officer with examine your trademark. Once examination is passed the publication is done in trademark Gazette giving opposition period of 90 days. If there is no opposition from any other third party then your trademark will be registered and certificate of registration is issued.
Once registered a mark is protected for ten years and must be renewed every ten years.