FAQ - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Are copyrights protected in Thailand?
Is it necessary to register copyrights in Thailand?
No, but a recordation of copyrighted work and information can be filed with the Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand (DIP).
Is Thailand a member of any international convention or agreement for the protection of copyrights?
Yes. Berne Convention and TRIPs.
Is it required to display a copyright notice on any copyrighted work?
No, but it is recommended.
What kind of work is eligible for copyright protection?
Literary (including computer programs), dramatic, artistic, musical, audio-visual and cinematographic works and sound recordings.
Can a performer's rights be protected in Thailand?
Yes. Performers, who perform in Thailand or in a member country of TRIPs, are entitled to claim ownership of his/her rights as a performer.
What are the administrative agencies/organizations in Thailand collecting royalties for copyright owners?
At present there are two agencies/organizations, i.e. The Music Copyright (Thailand) Ltd. and The Phonorights (Thailand) Ltd. The DIP is now in the process of drafting a new law concerning this matter.
Does Thailand have "absolute novelty" requirement?
How long does it take to file a patent application in another country claiming priority after its corresponding application filed in another country?
12 months from the first filing date.
Is it necessary to submit a Thai translation of the priority document to the Thai Patent Office?
Is if possible to file the specification to the Thai Patent Office in the original language first in order to obtain an early filing date?
Must the Power of Attorney and Deed of Assignment be legalized?
No. However, the Power of Attorney needs to be notarized.
What is the deadline for submission of the notarized Power of Attorney and Deed of Assignment? Can this term be extended?
90 days from filing date. Yes, it can be extended for another 30 days.
In case the applicant and inventor is the same individual, what is the document required instead of the Deed of Assignment?
An executed Statement of Applicant's Right. It does not need to be notarized.
Must the substantive examination of a Thai patent application for invention be filed by the applicant after publication?