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Mrz 31, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 4/22)
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New Trademark Examination Manual Effective

The Thai Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) published its final Trademark Examination Manual, which provides guidance to examiners on trademark examination in the areas where the Trademark Law leaves it to them. The Examination Manual aims to improve the practice of trademark examination in Thailand and align it with the international standards of trademark offices. It became effective from January 17, 2022, onwards with all pending and newly filed trademark applications.

The Examination Manual contains eight sections on the trademark examination procedure, starting with the formal examination of the trademark application, the issuance of the office action, the publication of the trademark, and ending with the trademark opposition. Some of the most important changes in examination practice on the issue of distinctiveness.

The Examination Manual is expected to be followed and complied with by all Thai trademark registrars, but it is not legally binding on registrars.

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Source:; LawPlus Ltd., Thailand