Registering a trademark in Thailand is a vital step in protecting your brand and intellectual property. By following this step-by-step guide and working with the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), you can successfully navigate the trademark registration process in Thailand. Keep in mind that the overall process, including examination, publication, and potential opposition, can take up to 18-24 months or more, so it's essential to plan accordingly.
Before registering a trademark in Thailand, it is recommended to conduct a preliminary search to check if the desired trademark is available or if there are any similar trademarks that may cause confusion. The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) under the Ministry of Commerce manages the Thai trademark database, and you can perform a search on their official website:
Once you have ensured that your desired trademark is available, you need to prepare the application. The application should include the following information:
Submit the trademark application to the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP). Currently, online submission is not available, so you will need to submit the application in person or through a local agent.
After submission, DIP will examine the application for compliance with formal requirements and conduct a search to identify any potential conflicts with previously registered trademarks. This examination process generally takes around 12 to 18 months. If DIP identifies any issues, they will notify the applicant, who will have the opportunity to address the concerns.
If the application meets all requirements, DIP will publish the trademark application in the Royal Thai Government Gazette. This publication initiates a 90-day opposition period during which third parties can file an opposition against the registration of the trademark.
If no oppositions are filed or if they are resolved in favor of the applicant, DIP will proceed to register the trademark. The applicant will be required to pay the registration fee before the trademark is registered. Once the fee is paid, DIP will issue a registration certificate, and the trademark will be valid for ten years from the application date.
Trademarks in Thailand can be renewed indefinitely for ten-year periods. To renew a trademark, the owner must file a renewal application with DIP and pay the required fees before the expiration date or during a six-month grace period after the expiration date.