May 3, 2011

Alternative IP Dispute Resolution through the DIP

Intellectual Property 2010, Digital Guide, Executive View Media Limited

Since 2002, in addition to traditional avenues in the Thai courts, brand owners have had the option of mediation by the Dispute Prevention and Settlement of Intellectual Property Group, the Legal Department of the Department of Intellectual Property. This option allows brand owners to deal with a variety of intellectual property-related issues, including infringement of trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secret. According to official records, the DIP mediators heard 327 cases between December 2002 and November 2009, and 171 cases—over 50 percent of the total—were resolved in a successful amicable settlement for both parties. This article examines the available procedures.

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