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E-certificates for patent, petty patent and design

The Thai Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) introduced a new guideline for issuing electronic certificates, known as e-certificates, in parallel with physical certificates. This initiative, effective from April 19, 2021, aims to modernize certificate issuance, maintenance, and verification processes. The guideline includes a new verification system accessible on the DIP website, utilizing QR code and reference numbers to enhance efficiency and accessibility. Importantly, these e-certificates, supported by the Electronic Transactions Act B.E. 2544 (2001), hold equivalent legal standing to their physical counterparts. This significant legislation ensures that electronic documents and signatures are afforded identical legal weight and implications as traditional paper certificates and signatures.

Benefits of e-certificates

Previously, obtaining certificates for patents, petty patents, or designs implied a convoluted process of paperwork and manual verification. The reliance on physical certificates also posed inherent risks such as loss, damage, or forgery, compromising the integrity of the certification process. Additionally, the traditional approach incurred significant logistical overheads associated with storage and international transmission of paper documents.

The notable advantages of these new certificates are as follows:

Process of obtaining and verifying e-certificates

Anyone can access an e-certificate via the DIP database or by scanning the QR code on the physical certificate. The digital certificate contains all necessary information found in the physical certificate. It also includes filed specifications, claims, abstracts, and drawings (if any) for patents and petty patents, as well as claim, brief description (if any), and drawings for designs.

Here is the reference link for the complete example of an e-certificate: https://patentservice.ipthailand.go.th/ecert/qr/256401000050717

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