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Inventors will get expedited patent approval

The Department of Intellectual Property is set to create an accelerated patent registration system to facilitate Thai inventors, starting with a pilot project on healthcare-related inventions, including medicines, treatments, care and feeding.

Vuttikrai Leewiraphan, chief executive of the department, said the new system will increase competitiveness in innovation and intellectual property and create more jobs and income for Thais and entrepreneurs.

The system is expected to be introduced next month.

Currently, patent applications and registrations take approximately 55 months from the filing date until the patent is granted. Under the accelerated system, the reflection period will be halved to 24-36 months.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic until last Friday, there have been 225 Thai patents and petty patent applications related to the prevention and treatment of the coronavirus, including 61 invention patent applications and 164 patent applications. petty patents.

There are three types of patents available in Thailand: invention patent, petty patent and design patent (also called industrial design).

The invention patent has the strictest requirements for protection, followed by the petty patent, then the design patent.

The protection period for invention patents is 20 years, while the protection period for designs and petty patents is 10 years.

In a related development, on April 21, Deputy Minister of Commerce Sinit Lertkrai presided over the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Intellectual Property between the Department of Intellectual Property and the University. of Chulalongkorn to generate commercial sales for research to help Thai startups build businesses through intellectual property.

The MoU with Chulalongkorn University is a pilot project aimed at linking leading Thai universities with over 300 Thai entrepreneurs in networks to make the most of available research for commercial purposes.

According to Mr. Vuttikrai, research and innovations recorded in Thailand can create economic opportunities, while helping to reduce technology imports from abroad, generating sustainable income for the country and helping it avoid the trap. middle income.