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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thailand's trademark law amendments

Thailand's trademark law amendments proposed by the Department of Intellectual Property were approved this month. The changes mainly relate to registration and include:

- expansion of the definition of a trademark include non traditional marks like sounds and smells
- clearer rules around distinctiveness for invented marks, non functional shape marks and acquired distinctiveness
- multi class applications are permitted
- shortened times for replying to IPO actions
- longer times for payment of certain official fees and an increase in some fees.

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