April 19, 2011

Registration of Geographical Names

Thailand: IP Developments, Tilleke & Gibbins Client Newsletter

Trademark owners frequently choose to include a geographical name in their marks because it effectively draws public attention and is easy to remember. Under the current Thai practice, however, the Registrar will strictly enforce the legal provisions prohibiting registration of a geographical name as a trademark. The restrictions on geographical names are extremely onerous, and the successful registration of such names is therefore quite difficult. For trademark owners, only two exceptions to this practice remain.

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