Thailand: Department of Special Investigation (DSI) more capable to assist vulnerable intellectual property (IP) owners.
Delighting news for intellectual property (IP) owners in Thailand. Following the amendments announced by the Board of Special Cases on June 9, 2022, the minimum threshold of market value of IP infringing goods has been lowered from THB 10 million to THB 5 million. The Department of Special Investigations (DSI) officers are now given authority to handle IP matters, such as trademark, patent and copyrights infringement cases at a lower threshold. This notification issued by the Board is definitely beneficial to those IP owners whom facing illegal infringements but were helpless and unable to seek for DSI assistance due to the unnecessarily high threshold bar set by the obsoleted regulations.
DSI FUNCTIONS AND JURISDICTIONS
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is a ministerial department under Ministry of Justice, Thailand. The department operates independently from the Royal Thai Police, It has great competence and a wide range of expertise in investigating complex criminal cases. It has a proven track record of cracking IP infringement cases which the offenders involved in manufacturing, purchasing, selling IP infringement goods or offenders enthralled in illegal distribution facilities, warehouses etc.
It is a resounding victory for IP owners in Thailand indeed. Although intellectual property are intangible assets, it is still crucial and must be given the same value of protection as tangible property. The policy and regulations amendments inclined towards IP owners are always welcomed.
In PINTAS, we always believe that intellectual property (IP) rights are the most valuable asset of your businesses. Our professional team are ready to serve you in the most effective and efficient way. If you have any IP related inquiry, please do not hesitate to consult us.