Intellectual Property Law

Digital Entrepreneurs urged to get Copyrights

Date: 21 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

BANGKOK, Apr 21 (NNT) - Amidst the growing digital stream of information being transmitted worldwide through the internet, the public sector has urged entrepreneurs, especially those in the digital industry, to have their intellectual property copyrighted to add value to their product and increase income.

Ms. Wanpen Nicrovanachumrus, Deputy Director of the Department of Intellectual Property and Mr. Nuttapon Nimmanpatcharin, Director of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), recently signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in regard to digital-industry-related intellectual property.

The intention is to encourage Thai entrepreneurs in the digital industry to acquire protection for their intellectual property, both that which is an extension of existing patents and newly invented intellectual property. The focus is on startup entrepreneurs in five industrial groups, software, digital content, digital services, computer devices and communication devices.

Ms. Wanpen revealed that activities will be held to offer knowledge and understanding to a wider circle of entrepreneurs, because most entrepreneurs still give this matter little attention. Furthermore, their lack of knowledge about the process of registration causes them to think that it's all too much trouble.

At the same time, the director of DEPA stated that currently the number of start-ups in the digital industry has reached a thousand. Four hundred of them are supported by DEPA. However, only sixty start-ups in this group have expressed any interest in applying for intellectual property registration, and only one or two have actually registered.

Therefore, more encouragement is needed. The matter of financial support for entrepreneurs’ applications for registration is now being discussed with the Intellectual Property Department. Its expected that initially, support will be given for half the cost involved. The matter is being discussed further with related agencies.

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