(Last update: January 15th, 2014)

Since the organic law n°2004-192 of February 27, 2004 on the independence status, French Polynesia has prerogatives regarding protection of IP rights. Patents, trademarks and designs are concerned, as well as utility certificates and semiconductor products topographies registered in France.

Law 2013-14 of May 6, 2013 (and its decree 1002/CM of July 22, 2013) defines the rules of protection of IP rights in Polynesia:
IP rights filed before the French PTO are protected in French Polynesia under the same conditions as those applied in France, to the condition of their admission by French Polynesia.

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We have the pleasure to inform you that Chinese Trademark Office (Called hereinafter, the Office) becomes more flexible in its doctrine, and accepts trademark protection in respect of wholesale or retail services for certain products.

Of course, the Office will not change its general practices in a global way. In fact, the Office still maintains its opposition for refusing registrations of trademarks, which designate "wholesale and retail services" per se in class 35.

Please check China Open its door for trademark protection for more detailed information

Both our Thai Office – in the presence of its Partner Chalinee Sriprasart (also Head of the Trademarks Department), Saweeya C Benhar, Responsible for the Patents Department, and Noemie Sancelme, Consultant and Foreign Relations Officer, who all practice in Bangkok - and European Office, in the presence of Soazig Themoin, Partner and Head of the Legal Department in France, had the pleasure to attend this long-awaited event held this year in Chiang Mai, in Thailand, from 26th to 31st October.

They had the opportunity to discuss with all Asian Experts on Intellectual Property and to compare Asian and European Proceedings and litigation regarding Patents, Trademarks and Copyright in order to improve their high quality Trademark and Patent services in Thailand and Europe.

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the organizing Committee, to which Ms. Chalinee Sriprasart and Ms Saweeya C Benhar were part of, for its great planning and efforts put into making the APAA memorable.

We will sure be at the next APAA which will take place in Hanoi in October 2013 and, in the meantime, shall not fail to maintain our active and fruitful exchanges.

In the past few years, Thailand has showed a real involvement in improving its Intellectual Property landscap e; our Founder Mr. Patrice VIDON was able to monitor the progress during the latest session of the EU-TH IP R Dialog he attended in Brussels earlier this year. The European Asean Business Centre (EABC) in Thailand of which Vidon & Partners is an active member ensu res that mutual undertakings exchanged during such meetings will be fulfilled, notably by meeting regularly with local Authorities. This month, our newsletter focuses on two major issues:

-The rising activity for PCT applications in Thailand, as an instrument of worldwide patent protection

-The future accession of Thailand to the Madrid Protocol ruling international trademarks.

Pls check Vidon & Partners Thailand IP Newsletter - July 2012.pdf our July 2012 newsletter for more detailed information