Thailand joins Madrid Protocol

(Left to right) Ms. Sunanta Kangvalkulkij, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Thailand to the World Trade Organization; Mr. Thosapone Dansuputra, Director General, Department of Intellectual Property; Ms. Wiboonlasana Ruamraksa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce; Mr. Francis Gurry (photo: WIPO/Berrod)

On August 7, 2017, Thailand deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol at the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization.  The Madrid Protocol will thus enter into force for Thailand on November 7, 2017.

This brings to 99 the number of members of the Madrid system.

Here are some examples of what will become possible on November 7, 2017:

  • A holder of an existing International Trademark Registration will, from November 7, be able to file a Subsequent Designation to Thailand, thus extending trademark protection to Thailand;  and
  • An entity in Thailand will be able to file an International Trademark Application from November 7;  and
  • An entity outside of Thailand, filing an International Trademark Application on or after November 7, will be able to designate Thailand.

It will be recalled that the Madrid system offers a way to file a trademark application in many countries through a single filing.  The Madrid application process has the potential to provide efficiency and cost savings compared with legacy filing approaches.  But some of the benefits of the Madrid system accrue long after the application is filed and indeed long after protection is granted.  As a first example, when the time comes to carry out a ten-year renewal, the renewal may be carried out as to all designated countries by a single electronic filing at the IB.  As a second example, if the holder finds the need to record a name change or assignment or address change, the recordation may be accomplished by means of a single very efficient and economical filing at the IB.

It will be recalled that WIPO provides a very convenient e-filing system for subsequent designations.  This e-filing system will be a convenient way to extend protection to Thailand, starting from November 7, for holders of existing International Registrations.

As is the choice for most countries joining Madrid Protocol, Thailand selected 18 months (rather than the default 12 months) for its period of automatic protection.

Thailand joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty on December 24, 2009.

The two-letter code for Thailand is “TH”.

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