In Thailand, patent protection is obtainable by way of filing a direct national application.
Patent Act B.E. 2522
2. Patentability Criteria:
An invention is patentable if:
- it is new
- it involves an inventive step
- it is industrially applicable
3. Utility Innovations:
Thailand has both patents and “petty patents” (utility model patents). Petty patents are granted to “inventions” that are new and industrially applicable, but lack an inventive step.
√ – Paris Convention
√ – PCT
Thailand is a member of the Paris Convention from 2008, whereby applications from convention countries will be subject to the same priority date in Thailand. The application for priority has to be made within six months of the first application in a convention country.
5. Rule of Priority:
“First to file” is the rule followed by Thailand in determining priority of patents.
The term of protection for a patent is 20 years, petty patent is 6 years and that of design patents is 10years.