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The Establishment of Thai Patent Fast-Track System 泰國建立專利快速通道系統

The director-general of Intellectual Property Department in Thailand, Vuttikrai Leewiraphan, recently announced to create a fast-track system for patent registration related to health care, including medicines, treatments, care and food in Thailand to benefit patent inventors. The new system will increase competitiveness in intellectual property and innovation in Thai patents, and to generate income for hiring Thai inventors and companies.


Normally, to register a Thai patent application takes about 55 months. However, with the fast-track system, it will take only 24-36 months, as there will be reduction of steps for those urgent patent cases. Since the beginning of COVID-19 till today, there has been 225 Thai patent and petty patent applications related to the treatment and prevention of this virus, which are 61 patents and 164 petty patents respectively. There are178 newly filed requests pending for review, and there are 47 applications that have already been registered for a patent or petty patent.


The initial plan is to focus on specific group to benefit public health and there will be certain restrictions. For example, the purpose for such patents is for commercial or for real businesses. The exact condition, laws and regulations applied to the fast-track system application will be announced within this month.


You can also refer to our earlier article “Introduction of Thailand patent” at about the definition and regulations about Thai patents and petty patents. We will keep you posted if there is any update.


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