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Veritas Law Limited | Thailand | 4 Jun 2021

PDPA enforcement postponed again due to COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the unsteady situation in Thailand resulting from the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has issued a royal decree to postpone the enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) for the second time. Subject to any further amendments, the PDPA will now take effect on 1 June 2022. While the PDPA remains partially effective, the royal decree imposes certain......
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Mirandah Asia | Thailand | 24 May 2021

DIP issues new fast-track system for trademark registration and renewal

In a recent declaration, the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) announced a fast-track system for trademark registration and renewal. According to the DIP manual, the usual timeframes for trademark registration and renewal are approximately 16 months and between three and six months, respectively. The DIP's recent declaration states that such timeframes will be reduced to six months......
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Veritas Law Limited | Thailand | 23 Apr 2021

Overview of Personal Data Protection Act

Although Thailand's first consolidated Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) took effect in 2019, its implementation has been delayed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the current lack of regulations, many businesses have used the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a guideline during this uncertain period. However, businesses should be aware that GDPR-compliant companies may......
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Mirandah Asia | Thailand | 8 Mar 2021

IP rights infringement countermeasures having positive effect on market

In recent years, the Department of Intellectual Property has cracked down on various forms of IP rights infringement such as counterfeiting and online piracy. Two recent developments from the start of 2021 show that state-level anti-infringement measures are having a positive effect on the market.
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LawPlus Ltd | Thailand | 5 Mar 2012

Draft amendment to trademark law under review

Following previous amendments in 2000, the Trademark Act is expected to be further amended in 2012. The proposals include provisions to facilitate and expedite the trademark registration process, adjust the official fees and expand the scope of trademark protection. Among other things, scent marks and sound marks would be added to the definition of a 'trademark'.
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LawPlus Ltd | Thailand | 31 Oct 2011

Ministry issues new regulations for private limited companies

In recent years there have been a number of changes to the laws applicable to private limited companies. In March 2011 the latest changes to the regulations of the Ministry of Commerce on registration of private limited companies became effective. The regulations detail new requirements for the applications and documents that must be filed with the department in respect of private limited......
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LawPlus Ltd | Thailand | 5 Sep 2011

PCT submissions must include full translations of all documents

Following the introduction of a Ministry of Commerce regulation, Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international applications and national phase entries can now be filed with the Patent Office. However, parties must ensure that full Thai translations of the PCT request documents are submitted as part of their application in order to avoid the national phase entry being deemed invalid.
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LawPlus Ltd | Thailand | 18 Jul 2011

Don't do restricted business in Thailand without a licence

Foreign companies that send their staff to work in Thailand, open a representative office or branch or establish a subsidiary to operate some categories of business in Thailand may need to obtain a foreign business licence under the Foreign Business Act. Otherwise, the company can be subject to criminal liability. The act allows foreigners to operate such prohibited businesses only if a......
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LawPlus Ltd | Thailand | 16 May 2011

New legislation on regional operating headquarters attracts multinationals

The government of Thailand has amended the legislation on regional operating headquarters (ROH) to encourage multinational corporations to establish their ROHs in Thailand. The newly established ROHs will provide supporting services - such as R&D, technical support, business planning and HR management - to their subsidiaries and branches both in Thailand and elsewhere.
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