Tel No. LB (+961) 9-622-426 / AE (+971) 4-335-5844

News & Media

New Patent Examination Guidelines in Thailand

By: Desiree P. (Oct 01, 2013)

Thailand's patent system is often criticised for being too slow especially for chemical and pharma patent examination.  The Thai Patent Office this week completed drafting new chemical and drug patent examination guidelines which are expected to be implemented on 30 September 2013.

Various consultation meetings, hosted by the Thai Patent Office, were attended by representatives from relevant Thai public and private sectors, namely scholars, Thai FDA, NGOs, drug manufacturers, patent practitioners and Thai patent examiners.

The former examination guidelines for chemicals and drug patents were said to be insufficiently clear, which played a part in causing delays in examining and granting patents in those fields.  Such unclear guidelines were also said to lead to "evergreening" of drug patents - a controversial subject in Thailand.

The new chemical and drug patent examination guidelines, expanded from the main patent examination guidelines last updated in 2012, are aimed to set clearer and generally acceptable standards for examining patent applications filed in these fields and purposefully remove the current backlogs and ease concerns over patent evergreening.

Source: http://bit.ly/15IWBGB

Other News

Sound Mark Registration in Bahrain
Nov 26, 2014

Bahrain's Trademark Office in the Industrial Property Department under the Ministry of Industry and...

Saudi Arabia - Accession to PCT
May 19, 2013

Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT on May 3, 2013, so it became the 147t...

Algeria Joins Two Copyright Treaties
Dec 01, 2013

Algeria has told the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) it will sign up to two of its ...

Jordan Amends Patent Law
May 20, 2017

Jordan’s Ministry of Industry and Trade announced that the amended Patent Law No. 16 and the amende...

Eid Al Adha Holiday in U.A.E
Oct 13, 2013

The UAE Cabinet has approved a seven-day holiday for the public sector to mark Eid Al Adha, from Su...