Latest updates

Draft amendment to trademark law under review
  • Intellectual Property
  • Thailand
  • March 05 2012

Following previous amendments in 2000, the Trademark Act is expected to be further amended in 2012. The proposals include provisions to facilitate and expedite the trademark registration process, adjust the official fees and expand the scope of trademark protection. Among other things, scent marks and sound marks would be added to the definition of a 'trademark'.

Ministry issues new regulations for private limited companies
  • Company & Commercial
  • Thailand
  • October 31 2011

In recent years there have been a number of changes to the laws applicable to private limited companies. In March 2011 the latest changes to the regulations of the Ministry of Commerce on registration of private limited companies became effective. The regulations detail new requirements for the applications and documents that must be filed with the department in respect of private limited companies.

PCT submissions must include full translations of all documents
  • Intellectual Property
  • Thailand
  • September 05 2011

Following the introduction of a Ministry of Commerce regulation, Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international applications and national phase entries can now be filed with the Patent Office. However, parties must ensure that full Thai translations of the PCT request documents are submitted as part of their application in order to avoid the national phase entry being deemed invalid.

Don't do restricted business in Thailand without a licence
  • Company & Commercial
  • Thailand
  • July 18 2011

Foreign companies that send their staff to work in Thailand, open a representative office or branch or establish a subsidiary to operate some categories of business in Thailand may need to obtain a foreign business licence under the Foreign Business Act. Otherwise, the company can be subject to criminal liability. The act allows foreigners to operate such prohibited businesses only if a licence has been obtained.

New legislation on regional operating headquarters attracts multinationals
  • Company & Commercial
  • Thailand
  • May 16 2011

The government of Thailand has amended the legislation on regional operating headquarters (ROH) to encourage multinational corporations to establish their ROHs in Thailand. The newly established ROHs will provide supporting services - such as R&D, technical support, business planning and HR management - to their subsidiaries and branches both in Thailand and elsewhere.

Working with ASEAN to protect IP rights
  • Intellectual Property
  • Thailand
  • March 28 2011

Thailand has made several improvements to its IP legislation in the last two decades. In 1991 it enacted the international standard Trademark Act, which adopted the World Intellectual Property Organisation trademark law model and the International Classification of Goods and Services. In recent years it has also acceded to the Paris Convention on Protection of Industrial Property and the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

Thailand Next to Ratify ASEAN Charter
  • International Trade
  • Thailand
  • October 10 2008

Thailand is set to become the next member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to ratify the ASEAN Charter. Upon royal approval, which is imminent, Thailand will officially join Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam in having ratified the charter.

High-Profile Expressway Arbitration Battle Continues
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Thailand
  • January 29 2004

The latest development in a long-running and controversial dispute between Thailand's Expressway and Rapid Transit Authority and a local/international joint venture, concerning the construction of a 55-kilometre expressway, is unlikely to be the end of what is increasingly regarded as a test of support for arbitration under Thai public sector contracts.

Overview (October 2003)
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Thailand
  • October 16 2003

Including: Arbitration Agreements; Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements; Number and Appointment of Arbitrators; Qualifications, Independence and Impartiality of Arbitrators; Challenges to and Removal of Arbitrators; Liability of Arbitrators; Jurisdiction; Arbitration Procedure; Provisional Measures and Court Assistance; The Award; Challenges to Awards; Enforcement of Awards; Appeals against Court Decisions; Costs; Institutions and Other Interest Groups; Court-annexed Arbitration.

Arbitration Institute Publishes New Arbitration Rules
  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Thailand
  • June 05 2003

The Arbitration Institute has revised and reissued its arbitration rules to take account of recent changes in arbitration law. The new rules came into force on May 2 2003. In a related development, the Office of Judicial Affairs has published official English-language translations of the new rules, the Arbitration Act 2002 and the Code of Ethics for Arbitrators.

Overview (January 2001)
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Thailand
  • January 15 2001

Including: The Oil & Gas Industry; The Mining Industry

Overview (December 2000)
  • Banking
  • Thailand
  • December 08 2000

Including: Governing Laws; Post-Crisis Developments; New Legislation

Bidding for Petroleum Concessions Begins
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Thailand
  • July 24 2000

The Department of Mineral Resources issued an invitation on July 19 2000 to submit applications for petroleum concessions. This will be the eighteenth round of bidding since the enactment of the Petroleum Act. The invitation prescirbes various conditions to be met and matters to be considered.

First Steps Taken toward Financial Reform
  • Banking
  • Thailand
  • April 25 2000

A number of bills have been drafted that will, when enacted, reform the financial sector in Thailand. Although these bills were drafted in order to comply with the IMF’s Assistance Programme, the government has decided to exit the programme.

Financial Crisis Prompts Legislative Reform
  • Banking
  • Thailand
  • January 19 2000

The Ministry of Finance has issued a report that summarizes the measures taken by the government to improve the foundation for long-term growth, including legal reform, privatization, tariff reform and bond market development.

Overview (January 2000)
  • Projects & Procurement
  • Thailand
  • January 19 2000

Including: The Market; Approvals and Guarantees; Agreements and Governing Law; Forms of Security; Legal Opinions; Proposed Legislation

US Cartel Busting Brings Hope for Thai Ship Owners
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Thailand
  • November 22 1999

New US legislation to reduce the dominance of cartels in setting freight rates, coupled with Thai legislation to reduce price fixing, is hoped to give competition a boost.

Developments in Petroleum Projects and Policy
  • Projects & Procurement
  • Thailand
  • November 04 1999

This article discusses plans for restructuring the energy sector through corporatization/privatization, and recent public/private gas projects.

Developments in Petroleum Projects and Policy
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Thailand
  • November 04 1999

This article discusses plans for restructuring the energy sector through corporatization/privatization, and recent public/private gas projects.

Overview (September 1999)
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Thailand
  • September 16 1999

Including: Flag Registration; Foreign Lending; Mortgages; Enforcement; Priorities; Other Security; Syndication; Choice of Law & Jurisdiction