Newsletter: THAILAND’s Madrid Protocol will take effect on November 7, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to inform you that on August 7, 2017, the Thai Ministry of Commerce deposited Thailand’s instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO.

Effective November 7, 2017, the Madrid Protocol will enter into force in Thailand. Trademark owners of other member states of the Madrid Protocol will be able to designate Thailand in their international application as of this date.

Thailand registered the following three declarations in their instrument:

  1. Extension of the refusal period to 18 months and beyond (for oppositions)
  2. Individual fees
  3. Recording of licenses in the International Register has no effect in Thailand


Registrability of trademarks filed under the Madrid system will still be regulated by the Thai Trademark Act as amended in 2016. Thus, the Thailand Trademark Office will continue to examine trademarks, including, classification of goods and services, distinctiveness and likelihood of confusion based on local laws and practices.

We believe that our deep expertise and wide-ranging experience in Thai trademark laws and practices will enable us to serve you as your local agent from Madrid applications designating Thailand.

If you need any assistance of require any further information about trademark prosecution, either directly or under the Madrid Protocol, or for any other IP matters in Thailand, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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