Design basics

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Design Registration Process in Thailand

Preparing and filing the application (1-2 days)

To register a design in Thailand, an application must be filed by the applicant or his/her agent with an office or address in Thailand at the DIP or via the DIP online filing platform. An official application fee must be paid on the filing date

Formal examination (6 months)

Following the filing of the application, the Thai Patent Office will undertake the preliminary examination or formality check of the application. This will ensure that all documents have been correctly filed and that the invention for which a patent is sought is within the scope of the Patent Act. If there is any formal issue, the registrar will issue an office action to ask the applicant to amend the application within 90 days.

Publication (90 days)

If the application complies with the Thai Patent Regulations, the applicant will be asked to pay the publication fee within 60 days of receiving corresponding notice. If the applicant fails to pay the publication fee in these 60 days, a second (and last) notice will be issued, granting the applicant another 60 days to process the payment. Once the publication fee has been paid, the application is published in the Thai Patent Gazette. Third parties may file an opposition against the application within 90 days from the publication date.

Novelty examination (6 to 8 months)

If no opposition is filed or if the opposition was unsuccessful, the examiner will perform the novelty examination of the application. If the registrar considers that the design application does not meet the novelty requirements, the applicant can challenge this decision before the Patent Board within 60 days of being notified of the rejection of the application.

Grant (1 month)

If the novelty examination is satisfactory, the applicant will be required to pay the issuance fee to obtain the design patent, within 60 days of receiving such notice. The design certificate will be issued in the weeks following the payment.