Madrid Pro­to­col to Take Ef­fect on Novem­ber 7, 2017

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Legal Updates -

On Au­gust 7, 2017, the Thai Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs sub­mit­ted its in­stru­ment of ac­ces­sion to the Pro­to­col Re­lat­ing to the Madrid Agree­ment Con­cern­ing the In­ter­na­tional Reg­is­tra­tion of Marks ( Madrid Pro­to­col) with the World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( WIPO), mak­ing Thai­land the 99th na­tion to be­come a con­tract­ing state un­der this in­ter­na­tional treaty and con- firm­ing its com­mit­ment to the ASEAN Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity Blue­print.

The Madrid Pro­to­col will take ef­fect in Thai­land on Novem­ber 7, 2017, and will en­able trade­mark own­ers in the coun­try to file a sin­gle in­ter­na­tional ap­pli­ca­tion des­ig­nat­ing other mem­bers un­der the Pro­to­col, as well as en­abling other mem­ber states’ trade­mark own­ers to des­ig­nate Thai­land to seek pro­tec­tion in the coun­try. It should be noted, how­ever, that the de­ci­sion as to whether or not an ap­plied mark is reg­is­tra­ble in Thai­land will still be based on the Thai Trade­mark Act, as amended in July 2016.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Darani Vachanavut­tivong at darani. v@ tilleke. com or + 66 2056 5888.

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