Thailand moves closer to Madrid

Peter Oller and Erica Poon, Hong Kong


Thailand is amending its trade mark system to try and meet its goal of joining the Madrid Protocol next year

Changes to the country's Trade Mark Act, which have reached the Council of State and should be passed later this year, include allowing sound and smell trade marks and multiple class examinations.

"I am cautiously optimistic accession will happen in 2012," said Dan Greif, co-head of intellectual property at Siam Premier International.

The Madrid System facilitates the registration of trade marks throughout the 85 member countries.

The Thai Department of Intellectual Property first issued a plan for accession in 2004 and then conducted a five-year study that compared Thailand's registration procedures to the Madrid system and looked at potential effects of the accession...


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