Thailand - Taking Care Of Intellectual Property Generated By Employees.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Thailand - Intellectual Property

12 June, 2019

 

Intellectual property (IP), such as trademarks, copyrighted works, designs, inventions and trade secrets, is a valuable asset for many companies. It brings with it market advantages and distinguishes one company’s business from another’s. Hence, it is important for company management to recognize and manage their IP portfolios properly.

 

As a company’s IP is generally created or invented by its employees, prudent employers should arrange for the necessary agreements to ensure that any such IP belongs to them. Overlooking this can lead to significant problems. For example, companies may not be able to enforce their IP rights against a third party, or may even have a problem with an employee who created or invented the IP while working there—particularly if the employee left on bad terms. 

 

In Thailand, ownership of IP created or invented by employees is addressed differently from one piece of IP legislation to the next. Managers need to understand these differences to see that the agreement properly addresses all related issues and complies with all relevant laws.

 

This story was originally published in the Bangkok Post. For the full article, please click here.

 

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Piyawat Kayasit, Tilleke & Gibbins

piyawat.k@tilleke.com