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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Apr 20, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 7/16)
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Trademark Act Amendments Approved

The National Legislation Assembly of Thailand approved the proposed amendment to the Trademark Act B.E. 2534 (“TMA”) on February 18, 2016. The amended TMA will become effective after its publication in the Government Gazette expected in the first half of 2016.

Some of the major changes and additions to the Trademark Act are the following:
- Official fees for filing applications, oppositions, appeals and renewals will be increased
- Sound, 3D marks and shape marks will be soon registrable.
- Acquired distinctiveness through use will be soon possible
- Multiple-class applications will be allowed while single-class applications will remain possible
- The periods for oppositions, appeals will be shortened
- Longer periods for paying registration fees will be soon available
- International trademark registration is to be expected after the accession to the Madrid Protocol

The law firm LawPlus Ltd. has summarised the approved amendments in an article which can be seen here

Source: LawPlus Ltd., Thailand