Thailand 4.0 stands for the new stage to transform the country currently relying on heavy industries (3.0 stage) into a creativity and innovation-driven economy. Trade secrets are definitively value-based and could help pursing Thailand 4.0.

On 14 March 2017, the Thai Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, joined by legal practitioners and business owners, gathered to discuss an all too often neglected intangible asset owned by almost any business: trade secrets.

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The latest legislative developments in the tobacco sector in Thailand are worrying the tobacco industry but also the food and beverage sectors as similar regulations may follow.

The content of the draft Thai Tobacco Product Control Act ("TPCA") regulating the packaging and labeling of tobacco products has first been introduced in 2010 under a different Bill named draft Tobacco Consumption Control Act (or “TCCA”), and shows the ever growing restrictions imposed on the tobacco industry in Thailand.

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The revised Thai Trademark Act was adopted by the National Legislative Assembly on 18 February 2016 and published in the Royal Gazette on 29 April 2016 so that this new Trademark Act will enter into force in Thailand on 28 July 2016.  What are the main changes?

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Cambodia and Lao recently joined the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks, in force since June 5, 2015 and March 7, 2016 respectively.

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In view of Thailand's geographic and strategic position for transportation and transition of goods in Southeast Asia as well as the looming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) involving the establishment of a “Single Window” for importation of goods into AEC, strong and effective customs procedures have never been so crucial. Whilst there are many ways to enforce IPR, border measures enforcement is indubitably one that should not be put aside by IPR holders.

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