Thai Hom Mali Rice granted GI patent by EU

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BANGKOK, 7 March 2013  Thailand’s Hom Mali Rice becomes the first ASEAN produce to win the geographical indication patent in EU. 

Director-General of the Department of Intellectual Property Pajchima Tanasanti said that the “Khao Hom Mali Thung Kula Ronghai” rice of Thailand has been carrying the “Protected Geographical Indication” label, granted by the EU, since March 4.

Mrs. Pajchima stated that the approval of the geographical indication (GI) patent has made this famous Thai rice the first in ASEAN to receive such certification in EU.

The Intellectual Property Department chief said that the GI patent will be an effective marketing tool in adding more value to the Hom Mali rice while enabling traders to raise its price.

She added that the Intellectual Property Department in preparing to apply for the same patent for the Khao Sang Yod Muang Phatthalung, which has been known for its high nutrition and effectiveness in healing diabetics. This rice is now available in some European markets.

In addition, Thailand is planning to apply for the GI patent for silk yarns from the Northeast, according to Mrs. Pajchima.