Thailand joined the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks on 7 August 2017, and it was possible to designate Thailand as of 7 November 2017. Since then we have seen an increasing number of applications designating Thailand, but few notices of objection have been raised by the Thai Trademark Office so far. Given that the Trademark Office has 18 months from the date on which Thailand was designated on any applications to raise objections, this means we are likely to see a flood of notices over the next few months.

Despite the lack of objections being raised by the Thai Trademark Office so far, we have managed to study a number of applications and one issue immediately stands out. Applicants may not be obtaining the protection they have sought and this could have serious implications in the enforcement of their trademark rights.

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Source: Baker  Mckenzie
Date: May 2019