Thais urged to be aware of intellectual rights in other ASEAN nations

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BANGKOK, 9 August 2012 – The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) has held a seminar on intellectual property right registration process in Vietnam to make Thai entrepreneurs aware of intellectual rights in other ASEAN nations. 

Ahead of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, several organizations have been holding many activities and seminars to prepare Thai businesses for the AEC. The DIP has cooperated with other intellectual property departments in ASEAN nations to inform entrepreneurs of property rights situation and registration process in ASEAN.

Intellectual law in Vietnam is the first being introduced to Thai businesses. DIP Director-General Patchima Thanasanti said the laws of other ASEAN countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Brunei will also be introduced in the program

According to Ms Patchima, said with the knowledge exchange, Thai entrepreneurs will understand intellectual laws in other countries when they invest abroad to avoid misunderstanding.

The seminar is also hoped to help investors benefit from the knowledge of other countries’ intellectual property rights laws . Ms Patchima believed the program will also reduce import and export of products with copyright infringement, and, at the same time, increase intellectual property right registration by 15-20 percent per year.