Law & Practice

THAILAND: ‘Fast Track’ System for Registration and Renewal

Published: April 28, 2021

Gladys Mirandah Mirandah Asia Singapore INTA Bulletins—Asia-Pacific Subcommittee

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Suresh Nair PK Wong & Nair LLC Singapore

The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) in Thailand recently announced the implementation of a Fast Track system for trademark registration and trademark renewal, which took immediate effect on February 23, 2021.

The usual time frame in Thailand for a trademark application to proceed to registration is about 16 months, according to the DIP Manual. Under the new Fast Track system, trademark applications that meet the two conditions mentioned below will automatically be reviewed within six months for approval:

  1. The total number of goods or services must not exceed 30 items; and
  2. Goods and services must be selected from a predetermined list as per the DIP Manual.

For trademark renewal, the usual time frame for completion is between three to six months, according to the DIP Manual. Under the new Fast Track system, the examination of renewal applications and grant of the renewal certificates will be completed within 45 minutes, provided the renewal application meets the required conditions as follows:

  1. The total number of goods/services must not exceed 30 items;
  2. No changes have been made to the particulars of the trademark registration, such as a change of name or address, or reclassification of goods, which will render the mark ineligible for fast-tracking;
  3. The renewal application must be filed at the DIP by either the owner, or an appointed local attorney. In the latter case, a power of attorney must clearly authorize the attorney to file the renewal application and collect the renewal certificate on the owner’s behalf;
  4. The fast track examination must be requested with the DIP officer at the time of filing the renewal application; and
  5. The requisite official fees of the renewal application are fully paid.

No additional official fees are payable with respect to the new Fast Track system.

Author’s Insight

This announcement is viewed as a positive step toward a more streamlined process, but its practical effect remains to be seen, especially with trademark applications which can remain pending for an extended period of time.

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