April 29, 2011

The Danger of Online Dictionaries

Managing Intellectual Property

Section 6 of the Thai Trademark Act stipulates that a mark must be distinctive in order to be registrable. Section 7 (2) specifies that the word or clause employed in a mark must not directly refer to the character or quality of the goods. When examining a mark’s potential descriptiveness, registrars usually use standard print dictionaries as their main reference. With recent technological advances, however, registrars have also begun to use Internet sources to determine the meaning of some trademarks. Of course, the reliability of these online dictionaries may be called into question.