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Overview of Business in Thailand

:: Import and Export Regulations
:: Labour Regulations
:: Workers Compensation
:: The Board of Investment (BOI
:: Factory Licensing & Regulations
:: Factory Operations & Expansion
:: Intellectual Property
:: Trademark Protection
:: Trademark Registration

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Business in Thailand - Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property, namely Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Integrated Circuits, Trade Secrets, Trade Names, Geographical Indications and Utility Models, has been recognized for being a major capital asset. The success of many businesses depends increasingly on whether they can use the technology of choice. The ability to use such technology depends increasingly on who can claim the legal rights to this intellectual property and on whether these rights are valid and enforceable. In our time people are very dependent on technology, and technology is necessary for commercial success.

With access to state-of-the-art technology, many countries will be able to compete successfully in the global markets.

Intellectual Property can be divided into two categories as followed:

:: Industrial Property
:: Copyright and related rights
Industrial Property can be divided as follows:
:: Patent (Patent for invention, utility model and design)
:: Trademark
:: Integrated Circuit
:: Trade Secret
:: Trade Name
:: Appellations of Origin

Term of Trademark protection
The registration of a trademark is valid for 10 years from the date of application and may be renewed within 90 days before the expiration of the trademark registration.

Term of Patent protection
- Invention patents shall be valid for 20 years from the date of application.
- Design patents shall be valid for 10 years from the date of application.

- An expired patent cannot be extended.

Term of Copyright protection
In general, the term of protection for Copyright exists for the life of the author plus 50 years after the death of the author. In case of a work is of joint authorship, Copyright exists for the life of the joint-authors plus 50 years as from the death of the last surviving co-author.
In the case where the author is a juristic person, copyright exists for 50 years from the time of authorship.

Copyright in photographic, audiovisual, cinematographic and audio and video broadcasting works as well as sound recordings exists for 50 years from the time of authorship.

Copyright in works which are created during the course of employment, instruction or commission exists for 50 years from the time of authorship.

Copyright in a work of applied arts exists for 25 years from the time of authorship.

In the case that the work is published during such period, copyright exists for 50 years from the first publication with the exception of copyrighted works in the field of applied arts, which exist for 25 years from the date of the first publication.

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