Thailand - Industrial Design

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1. Legislations:
Thai Patent Act B.E. 2522 

2. Definition:
“Design” means any form or composition of lines or colors which gives a special appearance to a product and can serve as a pattern for a product or handicraft. 

3. Criteria:
A patent may be granted under this Act for a new design for industry, including handicrafts. The following designs are not new:- 

– a design which was widely known or used by others in this country before the filing of the application for a patent;
– a design which was disclosed or described in a document or a printed publication in this or a foreign country before the filing of the application for a patent;
– a design which was published under section 65 and section 28 before the filing of the application for a patent;
– any design so nearly resembling any of the designs prescribed in (1), (2) or (3) as to be an imitation. 

4. Rule of Priority:
An Industrial Design Application must be filed within 6 months from its priority date. 

5. Duration and Renewal:
A Registered Design can last for an initial period of 10 years from the date of filing of the application in Thailand. Annuity fees must be paid from the 5th year onward until the 10th year.

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