On March 1, 2021, the renewal process for qualifying trademarks in Thailand got significantly faster, with the examination of applications and grant of a certificate of renewal now able to be completed within 45 minutes of a renewal application being filed. The expedited process incurs no additional official fee.
To benefit from this, applications must comply with all of the fast-track conditions specified in the recent notification from the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP):
Tilleke & Gibbins has already submitted a test case with the DIP and can confirm that, when the above conditions are met, the DIP can complete and issue a certificate of renewal within 45 minutes of submitting the renewal application.
This is a very positive step for the DIP which continues to become increasingly brand-owner friendly and business-oriented. It will also enable smoother and more seamless trademark-related transactions, such as trademark assignments and recordals of change of name or address, which can be complicated when attempted while a renewal is pending.
For more details on this development, or on any aspect of securing intellectual property rights in Thailand, please contact Tilleke & Gibbins at [email protected].