Madrid Protocol to Take Effect on November 7, 2017
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.