Patents

Thailand BOI Board of Investment Application

Thailand has three Patent Acts for the protection of product designs and inventions.  The patent acts are dated 1979, 1992, and 1999. There are some conditions that must be fulfilled before a product or process to be qualified as an invention or new. The conditions include:

  • The idea hasn’t been published in other countries already.
  • The product (invention) is not yet patented in Thailand.
  • The maximum protection duration for the invention is 20 years. It cannot be extended once it has reached the expiry period.

A product design, in some words, can be defined as a composition of lines and/or colors to give a particular appearance to a product. The conditions for the composition to be patented include:

  • The design or the composition should be new.
  • It should adhere to the public policy to be patented.
  • The maximum protection duration for a composition is 10 years

Who can apply for a patent?

  • Thai Nationals
  • Juristic person who have their Head office in Thailand
  • Nationals of countries that have reciprocal patent agreements with Thailand
  • Nationals of a country which allows Thai nationals or juristic persons with a principal office in Thailand to apply for patents
  • Nationals of countries which are parties to international treaties or conventions for patent protection to which Thailand is also a party

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