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Fast-track trademark renewal operational in Thailand

In Thailand, a trademark renewal request can be filed within 3 months prior to the expiration date of a trademark. Late renewal is possible in the 6 months following the expiration date (grace period) and sanctioned with a 20% surcharge of the official fees due.

Ordinarily, the recordal of the trademark renewal and the issuance of the new certificate of registration will take between 3 to 4 months from the filing date of the renewal request.

In March 2021, the Thai Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) introduced a new fast-track system cutting down this waiting period to one hour. To benefit from this scheme, trademark owners or their representatives must file the renewal request in person at the DIP and specify that they wish to have their request dealt with under the fast-track system. They may then retrieve the new Certificate of Registration within one hour of having filed the request.

While this system can also be applied to late renewal requests, it is limited to trademarks that do not cover more than 30 items. Similarly, if any amendment other than deleting items from the list of goods and services is required (such as change of agent, change of owner’s name/address), the renewal request will be processed following the usual timeline.

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