Thailand will become the 99th member of the Madrid System on November 7, 2017.
On August 7, 2017, the Government of Thailand officially deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO.
Starting November 7, local brand owners in Thailand can begin using the Madrid System to protect their marks in the 114 territories of the System’s other 98 members by filing a single international application and paying a single set of fees. Foreign applicants from Madrid system countries will also be able to designate Thailand.
What are the advantages of the Madrid system ?
With its straightforward designation process, foreign companies and trademark owners can, from this November, seek trademark protection through the Madrid System when selling their products and services in Thailand. Thai companies and Thai trademark owners will also be able to apply for trademarks internationally in 114 states through a single application and paying one set of fees.
Who can use the Madrid System ?
You can use the Madrid System if you have a personal or business connection to one of the System’s members. This means you must either: be domiciled, have an industrial or commercial establishment in, or be a citizen of one of the countries covered by the Madrid System. For a list of current countries please check the following link.
How much does it cost ?
The cost of an international trademark registration includes the basic fee (653 Swiss francs*), plus additional costs depending on the nature of your mark, where you want to protect it, and how many classes of goods and services will be covered by your registration. WIPO provides a fee calculator under the following link.
(Left to right) Ms. Sunanta Kangvalkulkij, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Thailand to the World Trade Organization, Mr. Thosapone Dansuputra, Director General, Department of Intellectual Property, Ms. Wiboonlasana Ruamraksa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Francis Gurry (photo: WIPO/Berrod).