MOJ joins hands with MOC to sign an MOU to develop IP disputes resolution
“SOMSAK” SAID THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO PROMOTE THAILAND AS A REGIONAL HUB FOR ARBITRATION. “JURIN” BELIEVES ONLINE SERVICE IS THE ANSWER, REPORTING TO LAUNCH THE SERVICE IN JANUARY 2021 AS A NEW YEAR GIFT TO PEOPLE.
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Today at 09.30, the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, hold the MOU signing ceremony between the Department of Intellectual Property and Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) to collaborate in developing Alternative Dispute Resolution in intellectual property rights. The ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, Jurin Laksanawisit and Justice Minister, Somsak Thepsuthin. In additions, there are also Mr. Bunyarit Kalayanamit, Permanent Secretary of Commerce; Mr. Wuttikai Lee Viraphan, Director-General of the Department of Intellectual Property; Mr. Pasit Asawattanaporn, Managing Director of Thailand Arbitration Center, Ministry of Justice; executives of the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Justice and many civil servants who participated in this ceremony.
Mr. Somsak said that the Government has been recognizing the significance of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as arbitration, mediation, and conciliation. As such, the suggestion to amend the Arbitration Act B.E. 2562 is a step towards the goal of making Thailand a regional hub for arbitration, which mainly focuses on impartiality, independence, and international recognition. Since the beginning of the operation, THAC has been showing signs of growth and sending reports to the Government. THAC also signifies a new technology collaboration with the Department of Intellectual Property in order to operate Online Dispute Resolution. This new technology will be reachable for the public, help save travel costs, and meet with Thailand 4.0’s policy to drive Thailand forward to the digital era. Mr. Somsak believed that this collaboration between these two organizations will help the majority with convenience and eventually promote Thailand’s intellectual property rights.
Mr. Jurin said that the protection of intellectual property rights is a key element in the growth of trading since it is the basis for adding value to products and developing businesses. Still, there are many intellectual infringements for the sake of reaping the benefit in bad faith, causing ongoing disputes which end up in lawsuits at the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court and other courthouses. To reduce the unnecessary burden on the courts, the Department of Intellectual Property decided to use arbitration as it is convenient, fast, and internationally recognizable. So far, 621 cases were successfully settled, amount to 54% of the total cases. Previously, ADR is only available in the central jurisdiction, causing complications for disputants in other provinces. Today, this ODR is another solution for the New Normal era to negotiate faster with cost-efficient. It will be available to those who live in a distancing area while preserving justice for society. This service will be available in January 2021 as a new year gift for people.
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