Amendment in the time-frame:
The amendment in the act has resulted in the reduction of the time-frame for filing disclaimers, appeals, notice of oppositions and responses to office actions from 90 days to
60 days, and further, resulted in an increase in the time frame for submission of registration fees from 30 days to
Rise in the government fees:
With the arrival of the amendment, there has been a
hike in the government fees including the official fees for filing applications, registrations, oppositions, renewals, appeals.
Grant of grace period:
The amendment has provided a relief to the trademark owners by adding a clause of grace period to allow late renewals for upto six months from the trademark expiry date. However, a
surcharge of 20% of the renewal fee is payable on the expiry of grace period.
The amendments to the Trademark Act is a welcome step towards Thailand’s accession to the Madrid Protocol and is intended to address existing issues which need to be updated in accordance with international practices, including but not limited, to the widening of definition of trademarks, the reduction in time to file a response and grant of grace period for renewals.